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Re-Kindling Alan Watts, Part Two

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Part 2 of 2. Part 1 here.

Partings II – Watts and The Church Today: Real Presence or Real Estate?

Watts was quite successful in his attempt to express the religio perennis in the language of Christian theology; not just in my opinion today, but among his Episcopal peers at the time (one bishop even called it “the most important book on religion in this century”[1]), Read more …

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Re-Kindling Alan Watts, Part One

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Alan W. Watts
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
New York: Pantheon, 1947; reissued with a new Preface, 1971
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“For God is not niggardly in his self-revelation; he exposes himself right before our eyes.” — Alan Watts Read more …

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Men of Janus

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We are living in an age of dissolution. Every institution of government and society is in a state of seemingly terminal decline. At the individual level the notions of honor, personal responsibility, and self-sacrifice have largely vanished from public life. The cause of this malaise is not material inequality, but the collapse of faith. Read more …

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The National Dividend

C. H. Douglas, founder of Social Credit

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When, during World War I, C. H. Douglas was sent to sort out the accounting muddle in an aircraft factory in Farnborough, England he noticed that the factory was generating costs faster than it was distributing incomes. Replicating the process at a hundred other large British firms he found that the total costs were always more than the money distributed in dividends, wages, and salaries.[1]

Douglas became concerned that the men who labored in the factories producing the necessities of life could not always afford to purchase the items they had worked to produce, Read more …

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On Martin Luther & the Reformation

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Lucas Cranach the Elder, Martin Luther, 1529

Today marks the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation. In Germany, October 31 is an annual public holiday in five states, but this year a nationwide holiday has been declared in all states to celebrate the Reformation. A search for books about Martin Luther and the Reformation on Amazon shows that a vast number of books about him have been published in recent months. It seems right to commemorate this pivotal event in the history of Germany and all of Europe, and the man responsible for it.  Read more …

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Friedrich Schleiermacher:
The Father of Modern Theology & a Prophet of German Nationalism, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2. Part 1 here.

Schleiermacher’s Philosophy of Mind

According to Schleiermacher, the task of philosophy is the “immersion of the Spirit into the innermost depths of itself and of things in order to fathom the relations of their [spirit and nature] being-together.”[1] Schleiermacher’s philosophy, like German idealism in general, was very influenced by, and a reaction to, the critical transcendental philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Read more …

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Friedrich Schleiermacher:
The Father of Modern Theology & a Prophet of German Nationalism, Part 1

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Part 1 of 2. Part 2 here.

“I feel sure that Germany, the kernel of Europe, will arise once more in a new and beautiful state, but when this will happen, and whether the country will not first have to experience even greater difficulties […] God alone knows.” — Friedrich Schleiermacher, 1806[1]

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Should the Protestant Ethic Become the Spirit of the Alt Right?

Max Weber

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Whites will become a minority within a few decades in all their main homelands. The question is no longer how to prevent becoming a minority but how to survive in order to regain majority status.

A few months ago I noted that easy going comfort is the main factor behind the decline of masculinity in the West and that only an atmosphere of conflict and hardship in childhood will strengthen Westerners to fight against the occupation of their lands. Read more …

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Adolf von Harnack’s Dark Theology

Adolf von Harnack

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Early Life and Career

Adolf von Harnack was one of the most eminent scholars in Germany of his day, and his reputation as a Church historian and New Testament scholar was unparalleled in Europe. He was born in 1851 in the town of Dorpat in Livonia, a province of Russia (today, Tartu in Estonia). He died in 1930 in Berlin.

Harnack belonged to a Prussian nationalist elite that ruled his Russian-majority town. His father, Theosodius Harnack, was a theology professor at Dorpat, and was a strictly orthodox Lutheran. Read more …

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The Eternal Anglo:
Tocqueville’s Prophetic History of the United States, Part 2

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Alexis de Tocqueville

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Part 2 of 3

The American Nightmare: A Stifling Middlebrow Dictatorship of Political Correctness

The talents of Anglo-Americans and the material wealth of North America predestined that nation for great power. But power is nothing, or worse, without wisdom. This raises the question: What is the character of the American? Read more …

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Lessons from Reality TV:
PBS’s Colonial House & Texas Ranch House

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Reality TV, it’s the lowest of the low, right? Not really. Reality TV has been a powerful genre precisely because it allows one to watch a person ripped from modern day life into an entirely different world. Reality TV is a perfect venue to see how a person reacts to a severe social change and project oneself into that situation.  Read more …

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Government, Power, & Social Credit

Frans Francken II, The Miser Haunted by Death Playing Violin

Frans Francken II (1581–1642), The Miser Haunted by Death Playing Violin

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Usura slayeth the child in the womb
Usura stayeth the young man’s courting
It hath brought the young bride and her bridegroom
CONTRA NATURAM
They have brought whores for Eleusis
Corpses are set to banquet
at behest of usura. — Ezra Pound

Clifford Hugh Douglas of Social Credit fame tried to reform a system that was born in 1694 with the creation of the Bank of England. Read more …

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“PC is for Squares, Man”
Alan Watts & the Game of Trump

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“Why . . . so . . . serious?” — The Joker[1]

“It’s all a joke.” — The Comedian[2]

“All humane people should admit that they are jokers; that they are playing games and playing tricks. That I am doing it on you—I am most ready to admit this. I hoaxed you all into coming here to tell you . . . what?” [laughs loudly, crowd laughs] — Alan Watts[3]  Read more …

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Thoughts on the European New Right, Part 4

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Stag at Sharkeys by George Bellows

George Bellows, Stag at Sharkey’s, 1909

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The Battle to the Death for Pure Honor

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In the eyes of the New Right, unlike continental Europeans, Anglo-Saxon peoples fail to perceive the importance of organic community Read more …

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The Roots of German Self-Immolation

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Why go to Calcutta, when you can bring Calcutta home?

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Great historical changes are often sparked by trivial events, but have deeper causes going back for generations or even centuries. The immediate trigger of the horrifying events currently unfolding in Germany is said to have been a “tweet” casually sent out August 25 by the Office for Refugees and Migrants of the German city of Nuremberg. The “tweet” merely stated that Germany was no longer applying the accepted EU rule that applications for asylum must be made from the first EU country a person enters. Read more …

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Hermann Keyserling’s America

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A half-forgotten German philosopher’s profound analysis of the United States

When the German philosopher Count Hermann Keyserling, the centennial of whose birth was celebrated last year by a very small but dedicated band of followers, made a four-month lecture tour of the United States in 1928, it was his second visit to the country. Read more …

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Thoughts on the Debate on Christianity

Hans Memling, "Angel Musicians," 1480s

Hans Memling, “Angel Musicians,” 1480s

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Recently, the text of a debate between Greg Johnson and Jonas De Geer appeared in these pages. Here following is my commentary on the thoughts expressed by both of the parties in the debate.

I find myself agreeing with points made by both men, Read more …

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The Loved One

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The Loved One (1965) is my all-time favorite comedy. Based on a 1948 novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One stands alongside Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood (the book and the movie) as a savagely on-target, dark comic satire on American Protestant civilization.

Both Waugh and O’Connor, of course, were Catholic. Read more …

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The Bourgeoisie, Protestantism, & The Protocols:
The Anti-Democratic Thought of Erik, Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn & Barone Giulio Cesare Evola

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Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

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Two books published in the early 1950s by two European aristocrats merit careful study by every contemporary European conservative since they express the authentic reactions of authentic noblemen to the revolutionary changes that Europe has for long suffered under the yoke of democracy and totalitarianism. These are Erik, Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Time (1952) and Barone Giulio Cesare Evola’s Gli Uomini e le rovine (Men Among the Ruins) (1953).  Read more …

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Thomas Carlyle:
The Sage of Chelsea

James MacNeill Whistler, Thomas Carlyle

James MacNeill Whistler, Thomas Carlyle

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This is the transcript by V.S. of Jonathan Bowden’s lecture on Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), which was delivered at the 15th meeting of the New Right in London on July 5, 2008. You can listen to the lecture below or watch it on YouTube here. Please post any corrections below as comments.    Read more …

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Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers, 1887–1962

Robinson Jeffers, 1887–1962

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The following text is the transcript by V.S. of Jonathan Bowden’s lecture “Robinson Jeffers: Misanthrope Extraordinaire” at the 9th New Right Meeting in London on January 13, 2007. You can listen below. If you can make out the passages marked unintelligible, please post comments below. 

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Speaking Freely

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bowdenemotesThe following text is the transcript by V.S. of the question and answer session following Jonathan Bowden’s lecture “T. S. Eliot” at the 34th New Right Meeting in London on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Read more …

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The Jitterbugs & the Vabanquespieler:
On Yockey’s America

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“For us there is but one crime: to be untrue to ourselves.”

— Francis Parker Yockey, 1953

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Why Christianity Can’t Save Us

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French translation here

The conservative philosopher Russell Kirk wrote:

We must remind ourselves, to begin, that culture arises from the cult: out of the religious bond and the sense of the sacred grow any civilization’s agriculture, its common defense, its orderly towns, Read more …

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“All or Nothing”:
The Prisoner & Ibsen’s Brand

Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner

Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner

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A number of years ago I wrote an essay offering an interpretation of the cult TV series The Prisoner (anthologized in Summoning the Gods, published by Counter-Currents).

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Robert E. Howard & the Heroic

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The following text is a transcript by John Morgan of a lecture by Jonathan Bowden, “Robert Erwin Howard: Pulpster Extraordinaire,” given at the 26th New Right meeting in London on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The audio is available on YouTube.

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The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, Part 4 
The Construction of the Western Self

Clemency of Marcus Aurelius, detail, Capitoline Museum

Clemency of Marcus Aurelius, detail, Capitoline Museum

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Part 4 of 5

Ricardo Duchesne
The Uniqueness of Western Civilization
Leiden: Brill, 2011

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How the Irish Became White, Part 3

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Apropos of Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White (New York and London: Routledge, 1995)

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 22
Robinson Jeffers & the Other America

Robinson Jeffers, January 10, 1887–January 20, 1962

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This lecture, “Robinson Jeffers: Misanthrope Extraordinaire,” was recorded at the 9th New Right meeting in London, on January 13, 2007.

 

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American Supremacism

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The following short excerpt is from a forthcoming essay titled ‘How the Irish Became White’, which makes an ethnonationalist critique of the ‘whiteness historians’ (Ignatiev, Roedeger, Allen, etc.) and their treatment of Irish-America.

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