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Victorian Respectability

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“On the surface, Bram Stoker was a pillar of late Victorian respectability. . . . But just below the surface, he had something on his mind.”

The preceding sentences are from Christopher Frayling’s BBC documentary on Stoker’s Dracula, which was broadcast on A&E in 1996.

In a more recent television documentary on M. R. James, Read more …

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Steven Pinker’s Anti-Enlightenment Attack on White Identitarians

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Steven Pinker
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
New York: Viking, 2018

Pinker “Loathes” White Identitarians

With the publication of Enlightenment Now, Steven Pinker has decisively established himself as the foremost public intellectual in the United States. Read more …

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Subliminal Influences

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TVTranslated by G. A. Malvicini

We have already had the occasion to point to the illusoriness of the claim that modern man, in general, has achieved an autonomy and self-consciousness he previously lacked. This illusion can in part be explained by the fact that attention today is primarily directed towards external conditions, to the disappearance of certain material limits to the freedom of the individual — Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast 147
The Pursuit of Happiness 
The Conquest of Nature: Ayn Rand

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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,” Read more …

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Karl Jaspers, l’Age Axial, et une Histoire Commune pour l’humanité

Karl Jaspers, 1883–1969

Karl Jaspers, 1883–1969

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Du XIXe siècle jusqu’aux années 1960 et 1970, les livres de l’Histoire Mondiale reconnaissaient les divers accomplissements de toutes les civilisations dans le monde, mais la plupart des auteurs et des enseignants prenaient comme allant de soi le fait que les Européens méritaient plus d’attention en particulier au vu de leur influence incontestable Read more …

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Orientaciones

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Nota del Traductor:

Hace 35 años leímos por primera vez “Orientamenti” en versión italiana, cuando nuestro dominio sobre esta lengua era todavía mínimo, publicada por el Centro Studi Ordine Nuovo(1). Read more …

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Karl Jaspers, the Axial Age, & a Common History for Humanity

Karl Jaspers, 1883–1969

Karl Jaspers, 1883–1969

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French translation here

From the nineteenth century through the 1960s and ’70s, World History books did recognize the varying accomplishments of all civilizations in the world, but most authors and teachers took for granted the fact that Europeans deserved more attention particularly in view of their irrefutable influence on the rest of the world after their discovery of the Americas, development of modern science and global spread of modern technology.

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 94
Vico & the New Right

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This is my lecture “Giambattista Vico and Modern Anti-Liberalism,” delivered at the London Forum on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  Read more …

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“We Are at the End of Something”:
The American Renaissance Interview

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American Renaissance: You have said that modernity is the enemy of identity. Could you explain this idea further?

Alain de Benoist: When one considers modernity, one must consider two meanings of the word. The first is known to everyone: It is the changes of life that come with more material wealth. But modernity is also the product of an ideology that appeared in the 17th and 18th century with the Enlightenment. Read more …

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Evola & Spengler

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“Překládal jsem z němčiny na žádost vydavatele Longanesiho… rozsáhlé a oslavované dílo Oswalda Spenglera Zánik Západu. Poskytlo mi to příležitost v úvodu specifikovat význam i hranice tohoto díla, jež si svého času vydobylo světovou slávu.” Těmito slovy uvádí Julius Evola ve své knize Pouť rumělky (str. 177) řadu kritických odstavců ke Spenglerovi.

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A Brief History of the Idea of Progress

John Gast, “Manifest Destiny,” 1872

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Translated by Greg Johnson

The idea of progress seems one of theoretical presuppositions of modernity. One can even regard it, not without reason, as the real “religion of Western civilization.” Read more …

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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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D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love:
Anti-Modernism in Literature, Part 3

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Interestingly, perhaps the clearest parallels to Gerald Crich’s philosophy of life, and Lawrence’s treatment of it, are two thinkers Lawrence knew nothing about when he wrote Women in Love: Oswald Spengler and Ernst Jünger, both of whom were strongly influenced by Nietzsche.

Spengler: Faustian Man and Technology

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Alexis Carrel:
A Commemoration, Part 1

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Alexis Carrel, 1873–1944

Part 1 of 3

[M]en cannot follow modern civilization along its present course, because they are degenerating. They have been fascinated by the beauty of the sciences of inert matter. They have not understood that their body and consciousness are subjected to natural laws, more obscure than, but as inexorable as, the laws of the sidereal world. Neither have they understood that they cannot transgress these laws without being punished.

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Mark Antliff’s Avant-Garde Fascism

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Mark Antliff
Avant-Garde Fascism:
The Mobilization of Myth, Art, and Culture in France, 1909–1939

Durham and London: Duke University Press,  2007

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Evola & Spengler

Julius Evola

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Czech translation here

“I translated from German, at the request of the publisher Longanesi . . . Oswald Spengler’s vast and celebrated work The Decline of the West. That gave me the opportunity to specify, in an introduction, the meaning and the limits of this work which, in its time, had been world-famous.” Read more …

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Nietzsche on Conservatism

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Editor’s Note:

The following is section no. 43 of “Skirmishes of an Untimely Man” from Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Twilight of the Idols.

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