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On the “Unreflected Substantiality” of the Chinese Mind

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As the Chinese “silent invasion” of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada continues, you may want to learn something about the Western academics who lay the intellectual groundwork for this invasion. In a prior article, “The Transcendental Mind of Europeans Stands Above the Embedded Mind of Asians,” we met two influential scholars calling upon whites to abandon their “failed” attempts to formulate transcendental truths for the sake of the more “profound” contextual approach of Chinese philosophers with their demonstration that all thinking is “embedded” to a time and a place. Read more …

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“Hotter than Georgia asphalt”
David Lynch’s Wild at Heart

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Wild at Heart is not David Lynch’s best movie, but it is my favorite. I would argue, for instance, that Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man, and The Straight Story are all better films. But for some reason they do not call me back year after year like Wild at Heart.

Wild at Heart was released in the summer of 1990, when Lynch was riding high on Twin Peaks mania. It won the Palme d’Or at the 1990 Cannes film festival, albeit over vocal protests. Read more …

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Fukuyama on Civic Nationalism

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In his new book Identity, Francis Fukuyama seeks to forestall the rise of white identity politics. Nevertheless, as I argue in “Fukuyama on Identity Politics,” Identity is a very useful book for White Nationalists because it concedes many of our most important premises. In “Fukuyama on Diversity,” I argue that Fukuyama admits that diversity is a problem and offers only very weak reasons to value it at all. Here I examine Fukuyama’s alternative to white identity politics, namely a conservative form of color-blind civic nationalism.  Read more …

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Fukuyama on Diversity

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Francis Fukuyama’s latest book Identity was written to forestall the rise of Right-wing identity politics, but, as I argued in “Fukuyama on Identity Politics,” the book is actually very useful to White Nationalists because it concedes a number of our basic premises while offering weak reasons to resist our ultimate political conclusions. This is especially apparent in his discussion of diversity.

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Fukuyama on Identity Politics

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Francis Fukuyama
Identity: Contemporary Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition
London: Profile Books, 2018[1]

Francis Fukuyama is the most eminent living neoconservative intellectual. I have admired and benefitted from his work since 1992, when he published his first book, The End of History and the Last Man. Read more …

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Noble Truths for Modern Mad Men

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Andrew Lynn
Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man
Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man
Howgill House Books, 2017

“In a time of universal triviality, seeking answers to the great questions of existence is . . . a revolutionary course of action. Those who have the humility to ask the question ‘Could it be us who have gone astray?’ are the true radicals.”–Andrew Lynn Read more …

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L’Esprit Combatif Européen

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Traduction de l’anglais : Pia Chantre; English original here

Précisions de l’auteur :

Il s’agit ici du texte de mon discours à la première Conférence du Réveil (The Awakening Conference), qui s’est tenue à Helsinki (en Finlande) le 8 avril 2018. Le sujet qui m’avait été donné de présenter était l’Esprit combatif européen. Comme à mon habitude, j’ai un peu improvisé à partir du texte que j’avais préparé. Read more …

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Eurooppalainen taisteluhenki

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Suomentanut Timo Hännikäinen, English original here

Puhe Awakening-konferenssissa Helsingissä 8.4.2018

Laulaos, oi runotar, viha Peleun poian Akhilleun / turmiokas, mi akhaijeja löi lukemattomin tuskin, monta mi Hadeen luo väkivoipaa sielua syöksi / sankarien, heist’ itsestään teki koirien riistan, / lintujen eineen”. Näin alkaa Homeroksen Ilias, länsimaisen sivilisaation ensimmäinen kirja. Read more …

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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

Part 2 of 2

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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Az európai harci szellem

Tanulmány két harcos fejéhez. Leonardo da Vinci vázlata az Anghiari csata című falképhez (Szépművészeti Múzeum)

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A szerző megjegyzése

Az alábbi beszédet 2018. április 8-án Helsinkiben az első alkalommal megrendezett Ébredés Konferencián adtam elő. A szervezők arra kértek, hogy az európai harci szellemről beszéljek. Szokás szerint kicsit improvizáltam, és eltértem az előkészített szövegtől. Szeretnék köszönetet mondani a szervezőknek, a találkozó mintegy 200 résztvevőjének, és annak a Counter-Currents olvasónak, akinek az adománya lehetővé tette, hogy a konferenciára utazzak. Read more …

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The European Fighting Spirit

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Translations: Finnish, FrenchHungarian

Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Two Warriors’ Heads for the Battle of Anghiari

Author’s Note:

This is the text of my talk from the first Awakening Conference, which was held in Helsinki on April 8, 2018. The topic I was asked to speak on was the European fighting spirit. As usual, I improvised a bit and departed from my prepared text. I wish to thank the organizers of the Awakening Conference, the approximately 200 people who attended the meeting, and the Counter-Currents reader whose gift made this trip possible.   Read more …

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Music as Revolt Against the Modern World:
Envy’s Atheist’s Cornea

Envy’s Tetsuya Fukagawa

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Opening remarks

οὐδαμοῦ γὰρ κινοῦνται μουσικῆς τρόποι ἄνευ πολιτικῶν νόμων τῶν μεγίστων (Plato, Republic 424c)

“The forms of music are not changed without the most significant socio-political mores and laws being changed with them.” So writes Plato in his chef-d’œuvre. This insight is borne out by history, and perhaps never more so than in our own time, the post-war twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Read more …

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Ancestral Being, Part Four

Siegfried & Mime, Arthur Rackham, 1911

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Part 4 of 4 (Part 1 here; Part 2 here; Part 3 here)

7. Concluding Reflections

I turn now to some thoughts on how the foregoing treatment of the influence of the past on the present ought to affect our own present, when we finish this essay and return to the real world.

It is a well-known fact that our ancestors acted with awareness of membership in the clan: trying to be worthy of their own ancestors, and not to disgrace them. Read more …

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Ancestral Being, Part Two

The Norns by Johannes Gehrts, 1889

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Part 2 of 4 (Part 1 here; Part 3 here; Part 4 here)

4. Tradition

Having now discussed the clannic being of the individual purely in philosophical terms, I now turn to a consideration of the treatment of this idea in the Germanic tradition.

The first thing we must note is what can be called the “primacy of the past” in that tradition. Read more …

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Ancestral Being, Part One

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Part 1 of 4 (Part 2 here; Part 3 here; Part 4 here)

1. Introduction

This essay presents an “ontology of the individual.” The theory is new, though it has very old roots. “Ontology” is the branch of philosophy that studies being-as-such, or “being as being,” as Aristotle expressed it.[1] My argument is that the being of an individual person is bound up with that individual’s relation to his family or clan. Read more …

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Interjú Greg Johnsonnal

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English original here

A szerkesztő megjegyzése:

Ha csak most ismerkedik a Counter-Currents internetes folyóirattal, kitűnő kiindulási pont az alábbi interjú, amelyet Laura Raim francia marxista újságíró készített Greg Johnsonnal. Read more …

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Plato’s Spiritual Exercises

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Translator’s Note: The following is drawn from Pierre Hadot, Qu’est-ce que la philosophie antique? (Paris: Gallimard, 1995), pp. 107-114. The footnotes have been simplified. The quotes of Plato have generally been drawn from Plato, Complete Works, ed. John M. Cooper (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997). The title is editorial.

In his Seventh Letter, Plato states that if one does not adopt this [philosophical] way of life, then life is not worth living, and that is why one must immediately decide to follow this “path,” this “marvelous path.” This way of life incidentally requires a considerable effort, which must be renewed each day. 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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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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socratesdrawingPart 2 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 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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What Socrates Knew:
Thirty Socratic Theses, Part 2 of 2

Reyer van Blommendael, Xantippe Dousing Socrates, c. 1665

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Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 here)

Author’s Note:

On August 24th, 1999 I began a lecture course called “What Socrates Knew” with a lecture called “Thirty Socratic Theses.” What follows is a transcription of the second half of the lecture by V.S. The thirty theses are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

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What Socrates Knew:
Thirty Socratic Theses, Part 1 of 2

Socrates and Xanthippe

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Part 1 of 2

Author’s Note:

On August 24th, 1999 I began a lecture course called “What Socrates Knew” with a lecture called “Thirty Socratic Theses.” What follows is a transcription of the first half of the lecture by V.S. The thirty theses are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

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Why the Confederacy Matters

James Henry Beard, North Carolina Emigrants: Poor White Folks (1845)

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As of late, a great deal of debate has occurred on the Right concerning whether certain aspects of white-European history possess any relevance to the contemporary white racialist movement or not. For example, many have questioned the merits of the perpetuation of National Socialist ideology in the postmodern “West.” Read more …

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Greg Johnson Interviewed

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Editor’s Note:

If you are new to Counter-Currents, the following transcript of Greg Johnson’s interview (audio here) with French Marxist journalist Laura Raim is an excellent place to start. It is the first interview in Greg Johnson’s new book, You Asked for It: Selected Interviews, vol. 1, now available from Counter-Currents.

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Plato, Hitler, & Totalitarianism

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Today, Western liberals are ambivalent about Plato. On the one hand, liberals claim they are the heirs of Greco-Roman civilization and philosophy Read more …

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Notes on Philosophical Dialectic

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Socrates

Part 1 of 2

The concept of philosophical dialectic is quite mysterious and intimidating. Even among professional philosophers, dialectic often has connotations of mysticism, obscurantism, and slight of hand. I wish to dispel this aura. I will lay out the elements of philosophical dialectic by looking at specific arguments in Plato’s Republic[1] and Hegel’s Philosophy of Right[2] and then employ Heidegger’s account of the hermeneutic circle Being and Time and Husserl’s account of the logic of parts and wholes in his Logical Investigations to clarify the dialectical process.  Read more …

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Greg Johnson Interviewed by Laura Raim about the Alt Right (Transcript)

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spoonbillEditor’s Note:

This is the transcript by V. S. of Greg Johnson’s interview with Laura Raim on the Alternative Right. To listen in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save target or link as.”  Read more …

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