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Heidegger on Nietzsche, Metaphysics, & Nihilism

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One of Heidegger’s most striking claims is that modern nihilism is the consummation of Western metaphysics. Generally, people think of nihilism and metaphysics as polar opposites. Nihilism is associated with the dissolution of an objective world into subjective impressions, the transformation of objective values into subjective preferences, the loss of shared meanings and a common frame of reference. Traditionally, metaphysics upholds the objectivity of reality, knowledge, and values. 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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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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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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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

Spy Kim Philby honored on Soviet postage stamp

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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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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