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Remembering René Guénon:
November 15, 1886–January 7, 1951

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René Guénon was born on November 15, 1886. Along with Julius Evola, Guénon was one of the leading figures in the Traditionalist school, which has deeply influenced my own outlook and the metapolitical mission and editorial agenda of Counter-Currents Publishing and North American New Right. (For a sense of my differences with Guénon, see my lecture on “Vico and the New Right.”)

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Blaming Your Parents

Young Sailor Ripley lacked “parental guidance.”

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In the past, people used to blame the gods or the fates for their misfortunes. These days, they like to blame their parents.

  • “My parents were sedentary and fat, and their bad example is why I grew up sedentary and fat.”
  • “My father was always uptight. And now I’m uptight and can’t enjoy life.”
  • “Growing up with a mother who drank, it was natural that I would take to drink as well.”

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Remembering Friedrich Nietzsche:
October 15, 1844–August 25, 1900

Nietzsche, on the right, with friends Lou-Andreas Salomé & Paul Rée in 1882.

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Friedrich Nietzsche was born this day in 1844 in the small town of Röcken, near Leipzig, Saxony, in the Kingdom of Prussia. He died in August 25, 1900, in Weimar, Saxony, in the Second German Reich. The outlines of Nietzsche’s life are readily available online.

Nietzsche is one of the most important philosophers of the North American New Right because of his contributions to the philosophy of history, culture, and religion. Read more …

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Remembering Savitri Devi:
September 30, 1905–October 22, 1982

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Savitri Devi was a philosopher, a religious thinker, and a tireless polemicist and activist for the causes of animal rights, European pagan revivalism, Hindu nationalism, German National Socialism, and — after the Second World War — pan-European racial nationalism.She also sought to found a religion, Esoteric Hitlerism, fusing National Socialism with the Traditionalism of René Guénon and Julius Evola. All told, she was one of the most extraordinary personalities of the 20th century. Read more …

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Letting Heidegger be Heidegger

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Scattered throughout Heidegger’s writings are some puzzling distinctions. For instance, in “The Question Concerning Technology,” Heidegger claims that the essence (Wesen) of technology is nothing technological.[1] Read more …

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Remembering Martin Heidegger:
September 26, 1889–May 26, 1976

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Translations: RussianSlovak, SpanishUkrainian

Martin Heidegger is one of the giants of twentieth-century philosophy, both in terms of the depth and originality of his ideas and the breadth of his influence in philosophy, theology, the human sciences, and culture in general.

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Remembering Francis Parker Yockey:
September 18, 1917–June 16, 1960

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Francis Parker Yockey was born 101 years ago today, September 18, in Chicago. He died in San Francisco on June 16, 1960, an apparent suicide. Yockey is one of America’s greatest anti-liberal thinkers and an abiding influence on the North American New Right. In honor of his birthday, I wish to draw the reader’s attention to the following works on this site.

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The Trial of Socrates: 
Introduction, Part 2

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Jacques-Philippe-Joseph de Saint-Quentin, The Death of Socrates, 1762

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Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of the conclusion of the introductory lecture of an eight-lecture course called The Trial of Socrates. As usual, I have edited this transcript to remove excessive wordiness and filled in the gap between the two sides of the tape.    
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The Trial of Socrates: 
Introduction, Part 1

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Part 1 of 2

Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of the introductory lecture of an eight-lecture course called The Trial of Socrates. The lecture was delivered on September 1, 1998. I have previously published six of the lectures, but the Introduction and the final lecture, on Plato’s Phaedo, were thought to be lost.  Read more …

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Introduction to Vedanta, Part III
The Katha Upanishad, Continued

Lord Yama instructs Nachiketa, as related in the Katha Upanishad.

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Part I here, Part II here, Part IV here

In the last installment of this series, we saw that the Katha Upanishad tells the story of Nachiketa, a boy who is tutored by Yama, the god of death. The boy makes a request of Yama, which at first the god does not want to grant: “When a person dies, there arises this doubt: ‘he still exists,’ say some, ‘he does not’ say others. I want you to teach me the truth.” But Yama soon realizes that Nachiketa is a worthy student, and begins to teach. Read more …

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The Aryan Ethos:
Loyalty to One’s Own Nature

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Today, more than ever, one must understand that social problems, in their essence, are rooted in problems of ethics and world-view. Anyone who thinks that social problems can be solved through purely technical means, is like a doctor who only wants to treat the patent symptoms of a disease, rather than examining and treating its deep causes. Read more …

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The Masculine Preconditions of Individualism, Part 4

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Part 4 of 4

The Radicalizing Logic of Modern Individualism

With the formation of nation states in the modern era, as liberal institutions were emerging in the form of constitutional rule, freedom of religious expression, and representative bodies in which members of the bourgeoisie were included, Read more …

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The Masculine Preconditions of Individualism, Part 3

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Bio-Masculine Foundations of Individualism

In The Uniqueness of Western Civilization I traced this aristocratic individualism back the pre-historic Indo-Europeans (IEs). The IEs created a new type of aristocratic society in the sense that “some men,” not just the king, were free to deliberate over major issues affecting the group, as well as free to strive for personal recognition. Read more …

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The Masculine Preconditions of Individualism, Part 2

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Part 2 of 4

Conventional vs. Postconventional Morals

Europeans will never become tribal and collectivist in the manner and degree of non-Europeans. Having an individual identity, an awareness of one’s inner being, that one’s actions can be causally dependent on one’s free will rather than on preceding events, Read more …

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The Masculine Preconditions of Individualism, the Indo-Europeans, and the Modern Hegelian Concept of Collective Freedom

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Part 1 of 4

Libertarian freedoms are not incompatible with a strong commitment to in-group white identity politics. On the contrary, Europeans can preserve their attachment to individual liberties only by living inside nations with a strong sense of collective ancestry in opposition to mass immigration.  Read more …

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Introduction to Vedanta, Part II
The Katha Upanishad

Yama, the Vedic god of death

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Part I here, Part III here, Part IV here

The Katha Upanishad tells the story of a boy named Nachiketa whose father, Vajasravasa, decides to curry the favor of the gods by giving away his possessions. However, it seems that he was rather selective in what he gave up, only parting with things that were now useless to him. Nachiketa, who is quite pious, sees through his father’s insincerity: “What merit is there,” the boy asks, “in giving away cows that are too old to give milk?” This question, from a mere child, wounds Vajasravasa’s pride. Foolishly, Nachiketa persists: “To whom will you offer me?” he asks. Vajasravasa ignores the question at first, but when Nachiketa repeats it his father answers angrily, “To death I give you!”  Read more …

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Introduction to Vedanta, Part I
The Isha Upanishad

Lord Vishnu as Vishvarupa, illustrating the three realms: heaven (head to belly), earth (groin), and underworld (legs). Painting c. 1800-50, Jaipur.

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Part II here, Part III here, Part IV here

In this series of self-contained essays, I will offer an introduction to Vedanta, the philosophy of the Upanishads, through brief commentaries on individual Upanishads. These essays are geared toward individuals drawn to the path of Traditionalism – and especially the Left-Hand Path of Evolian Traditionalism.They place Vedanta in the context of Tradition. Further, they make clear the relevance of this path for those of us who are not just in revolt against the modern world, but who wish to live the ideal of “self-overcoming” –  an ideal for all ages. Read more …

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Film Klub rváčů coby Písmo svaté

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English original here

1. Jsem Jackova nejoddanější Vesmírná opice

Dlouho jsem se zdráhal psát o Klubu rváčů, jelikož bych tím porušil první dvě pravidla Klubu rváčů. 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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Neville & the Rebel:
Reflections on Colin Wilson & Neville Goddard

Neville Goddard

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Part 2 of 2; part 1 here

Earlier, I noted Wilson’s second thoughts, 45 years later, about Religion and the Rebel as an “overstuffed pillow”; he specifically felt that the early biographical material on Rilke was “unnecessary.” But actually, it supplies us with a remarkable parallel to Neville’s method, as well as a hint of Wilson’s future development.

Wilson says if Rilke had died at age twenty-five, no one would have remembered him. Instead, he willed himself to be a poet. Read more …

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Neville & the Rebel:
Reflections on Colin Wilson & Neville Goddard

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Colin Wilson

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“What was needed was not some new religious cult but some simple way of accessing religious or mystical experience, of the sort that must have been known to the monks and cathedral-builders of the Middle Ages.”–Colin Wilson[1]

“The serpent said that every dream could be willed into creation by those strong enough to believe in it.”–Eve to Adam, in Shaw’s Back to Methuselah  Read more …

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O čtení mezi řádky:
Příspěvek k výkladům Lea Strausse

Leo Strauss, 1899–1973

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Poznámka autora:

Následující esej jsem napsal v 90. letech jako doktorand, ne v rámci svých studijních povinností, ale spíš abych si ujasnil své myšlenky ohledně čtení filozofických textů v rámci přípravy k psaní své vlastní doktorské disertační práce. Jen těžko dokážu uvěřit, že jsem míval dostatek volného času na to, abych psal eseje o skoro osmi tisících slovech „do šuplíku,“ ale důkaz máte před sebou. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 209
Conversation with a Philosopher:
Greg Johnson Interviewed About the New Right

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Greg Johnson interviewed by a professional philosopher who is researching a book on the New Right. Topics include:  Read more …

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Forced to be Free:
The Case for Paternalism

Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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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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Remembering Anthony M. Ludovici:
January 8, 1882–April 3, 1971

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Anthony Mario Ludovici was born on January 8, 1882.

Ludovici was one of the first and most accomplished translators of Nietzsche into English and a leading exponent of Nietzsche’s thought. Ludovici was also an original philosopher in his own right. In nearly forty books, including eight novels, and hundreds of shorter works, Ludovici set forth his views on metaphysics, religion, ethics, politics, Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 208
John Morgan on Colin Wilson

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Greg Johnson and John Morgan convene another episode of Counter-Currents Weekly. Read more …

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What Socrates Knew  
Plato’s Alcibiades I

Jean-Baptiste Regnault, "Socrates Tears Alcibiades from the Embrace of Sensual Pleasure," 1791.

Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Socrates Tears Alcibiades from the Embrace of Sensual Pleasure, 1791

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Author’s Note:

What follows is a transcription by V.S. of a lecture on Plato’s Alcibiades I. The  translation of Alcibiades I referenced is by Carnes Lord in The Roots of Political Philosophy: Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues, ed. Thomas L. Pangle (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987). To listen to the audio in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save target as.”

Today, we’re going to be looking at Plato’s dialogue Alcibiades I. Read more …

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What Socrates Knew:
Socratic Ignorance, Eros, & the Daimonion, Part 2 of 2

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Author’s Note:

On August 31st, 1999 I gave the second lecture course called “What Socrates Knew.”  What follows is a transcription of the second half of that lecture by V.S. The readings referred to are passages from Plato’s dialogues Euthydemus, Apology, Theages, and Symposium. The thirty Socrates theses referred to are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

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What Socrates Knew:
Socratic Ignorance, Eros, & the Daimonion, Part 1 of 2

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honore-daumier-socrates-visiting-aspasiaPart 1 of 2

Author’s Note:

On August 31st, 1999 I gave the second lecture course called “What Socrates Knew.”  What follows is a transcription of the first half of the lecture by V.S. The readings referred to are passages from Plato’s dialogues Euthydemus, Apology, Theages, and Symposium. The thirty Socrates theses referred to are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

The “Thirty Socratic Theses” are:  Read more …

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Some Thoughts on Yule

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Yule is the midwinter festival celebrated by my ancestors and by Germanic neo-pagans today. Midwinter is a time when much of nature seems to die or to depart. The trees are stripped of their leaves. The birds abandon us, flying off to warmer climes. Bears, badgers, chipmunks, and squirrels hibernate. Water freezes over. The earth is covered in ice and snow, so that nothing can grow. The air is so chilled that when we are out in it for too long, death becomes something tangible, and we rush inside.  Read more …

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