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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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Editor’s Note:

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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Part 3 of 3

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Leo Strauss

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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Decadence

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, "A Favorite Poet"

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, “A Favorite Poet”

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Delivered to the H. L. Mencken Club, November 1, 2013

About two years ago, when I was still very young, I bumped into a copy of the abridged version of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of Historywherein he tried to establish a taxonomy of civilizations, Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 91 
The Pursuit of Happiness 
Self-Actualization, Part 2

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533–1592

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533–1592

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Philosophies East and West,” dealing with different conceptions of the good life. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 89 
The Pursuit of Happiness 
Self-Actualization, Part 1

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Philosophies East and West,” dealing with different conceptions of the good life. Read more …

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Anti-Life Fiction:
Ann Sterzinger’s NVSQVAM (nowhere)

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Ann Sterzinger
NVSQVAM (nowhere)
Charleston, W.V.: Nine-Banded Books, 2011

We live in a time in which all positive ideologies of the past — be they Right- or Left-wing; good, bad, or ugly — are swiftly spiraling towards the chopping block of “the end of history.” It seems impossible, in today’s post-modern climate of perpetual intellectual suspicion, to sustain a rigorous attachment to any point of view Read more …

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Thoughts on Francis Bacon

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Editor’s Note: 

The following is excerpted from Jonathan Bowden’s Skin, a book he wrote in the early 1990s. The text has been lightly edited, mainly for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

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Thoughts on Samuel Beckett

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Editor’s Note: 

The following is excerpted from Jonathan Bowden’s Skin, a book he wrote in the early 1990s. The text has been lightly edited, mainly for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

In Samuel Beckett’s work . . . , which has become emblematic of the modern condition, Read more …

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Nietzsche pro dnešní dny

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Zdá se, že byl v Itálii vzkříšen zájem o Friedricha Nietzscheho. Jedním zjevným znamením tohoto je, že nakladatelství Adelphi v Miláně vydává kritické překlady všech jeho děl; druhým, že se téměř současně objevily dvě knihy, „Nietzsche“ od Adriana Romualdia, Read more …

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Bowden on Bowden 
You Can Never Be Too Right Wing!

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Editor’s Note: 

The following excerpt is from Jonathan Bowden’s Frenzy, a book he finished writing before April 3, 1994. The text has been mildly edited for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

As far as my own political views are concerned, I do not believe you can be too Right wing. Read more …

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Úvahy o estetické a kulturní postavě dandyho, část 3

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Čandalistické dekadentní figury

Existenciální krize, jež započala zhruba v polovině 18. století, vyústila v nihilismus, který Friedrich Nietzsche s odsudkem charakterizoval jako “vyčerpání života” a “znehodnocení všech hodnot”, projevující se vzrušeným neklidem a neschopností si užívat volného času. Právě tento neklid pak urychlil proces vyčerpání.  Read more …

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Cultural Communism & the Inegalitarian Basis of All Genuine Art

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Editor’s Note: 

The Following is an excerpt from Blood, written between April and May 1992. It is part of a much longer discussion about art, where Bowden explores one of his favorite themes: the art of the radical Left versus the art of the radical Right. Read more …

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Nietzsche para Hoje

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Na Itália parece que um interesse em Friedrich Nietzsche foi revivido. Um sinal óbvio disso é que Adelphi de Milão está publicando uma tradução crítica de todas as suas obras; em segundo lugar, há o aparecimento quase simultâneo de dois livros,  Read more …

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Nietzsche for Today

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Translated by Cologero Salvo

Translations: Czech, Portuguese

In Italy it seems that an interest in Friedrich Nietzsche has been revived. One obvious sign of it is that Adelphi of Milan is publishing critical translation of all his works; secondly, there is the almost simultaneous appearance of two books, Read more …

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The Communist Cell at Cambridge University, Part 2

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Guy Burgess

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Part 2 of 2

Editor’s Note: 

The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Bowden’s Vermin.  Read more …

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The Communist Cell at Cambridge University, Part 1

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Spy Kim Philby honored on Soviet postage stamp

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Part 1 of 2

Editor’s Note: 

The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Bowden’s Vermin. The book was written sometime between 1990 and 1991. The text has only been lightly edited for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

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Podcast No. 3 
Interview with Andy Nowicki

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Editor’s Note:

Due to technical problems with the recording, we have decided it best to release only the transcript of our interview with Andy Nowicki.

Mike Polignano:  Welcome to Counter-Currents Radio. We’re joined here today by one of our authors, Andy Nowicki. Read more …

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Under the Nihil

Andy Nowicki
Under the Nihil
San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2011
108 pages

OUT OF PRINT

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What if you could take a pill that removed all of your inhibitions, including your fear of death?

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Into the Nihil

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Andy Nowicki’s new novella, Under the Nihil, which Counter-Currents is publishing later this month.

When I opened my eyes the next morning and saw you standing before me, Mr. X, I didn’t at all wonder who you were; I didn’t care. Read more …

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Nihilism & the Meaning of Life in Nietzsche

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Translated by Bruno Cariou

Editor’s Note:

The following text is Evola’s Preface to his translation of Robert Reininger’s Friedrich Nietzsches Kampf um den Sinn des Lebens [Nietzsche’s Struggle for the Meaning of Life] (1922) as Nietzsche e il senso della vita [Nietzsche and the Meaning of Life] (Rome: Giovanni Volpe, 1971).

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D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love:
Anti-Modernism in Literature, Part 4

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Part 4 of 4. Click here for all four parts.

Gudrun Brangwen, the Modern Woman

Gerald Crich is only one half of Lawrence’s portrait of the “modern individual.” The other half is Gudrun Brangwen. Of course, Birkin and Ursula are modern individuals, though in a different sense. The latter couple are both seeking some fulfilling way to live in, or in spite of, the modern world. Read more …

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Against Nihilism:
Julius Evola’s “Traditionalist” Critique of Modernity

Julius Evola

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With the likes of Oswald Spengler, whose Decline he translated for an Italian readership, and Jose Ortega y Gasset, Julius Evola (1898–1974) stands as one of the notably incisive mid-Twentieth Century critics of modernity. Like Spengler and Ortega, Evola understood himself to owe a formative debt to Friedrich Nietzsche, but more forcefully than Spengler or Ortega, Evola saw the limitations – the contradictions and inconsistencies–in Nietzsche’s thinking.

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Reflections on the Aesthetic &
Literary Figure of the Dandy, Part III

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Part 3 of 3. Part I: here. Part II: here.

Czech translation here

Chandala Figures of Decadence

The existential crisis that began around the middle of the 18th century led to nihilism, quite judiciously defined by Nietzsche as an “exhaustion of life,” Read more …

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From Dusk to Dawn

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Editor’s Note:

This is the first unabridged publication of the following translation with introduction by Michael O’Meara.

Translator’s Note:

The following talk was given in Moscow on May 17, 2005 and recently posted, in French, on the Russian site Athenaeum. Read more …

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Jünger, Heidegger, & Nihilism

Alain de Benoist

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Ernst Jünger and Martin Heidegger engaged in a dialogue on nihilism in two texts published five years apart in the 1950s on the occasions of their respective sixtieth birthdays.[1] The study and comparison of these texts is particularly interesting because they allow us to appreciate what, on this fundamental subject, separates two authors who are frequently compared to each other and who maintained a powerful intellectual relationship for several decades. What follows is a brief overview.

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From Nihilism to Tradition:
Dominique Venner’s Histoire et tradition des européennes

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Czech translation here

Dominique Venner
Histoire et tradition des européennes:
30,000 ans d’identité

Paris: Éditions du Rocher, 2002

 

I. Race of Blood, Race of Spirit

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