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

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René Guénon was born on this day in 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.

In commemoration of his birth, I wish to draw your attention to the following works on this website.

This relative handful of articles does not give a true sense of Guénon’s importance, for along with Evola, Nietzsche, and Spengler, he is also one of the most widely mentioned thinkers on this site. It is a presence, and an influence, that will only grow in time.

Those looking for an introduction to Guénon’s work should begin with the short and relatively accessible The Crisis of the Modern World. For a judicious overview of Guénon’s works, see The Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition, and the Crisis of Modernity. My personal favorite among Guénon’s books, and the one the provides the most “empirical” access to the idea of Tradition, is Symbols of Sacred Science.

For a brief biography of Guénon, see Robin Waterfield René Guénon and the Future of the West: The Life and Writings of a 20th-Century Metaphysician. For an interesting and readable historical/journalistic account of Traditionalism, see Mark Sedgwick, Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century.


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  1. Guest Lurker
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    In light of the recent discussion on freemasonry on this forum, I’m inserting the link below which is a chapter from the above cited “Symbols of Sacred Science” by Guenon. The chapter is called “The Letter G and the Swastika”.

  2. Roissy Hater
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    If there is to be a renewal, Traditionalism will be the source. An understanding of the modern world is incomplete without studying the likes of Guenon, Evola, and other reactionary luminaries.

    I see decay, rot, and apathy all around me; I think this will be a catalyst for the sheep to separate from the goats.

    Traditionalism will help those searching for answers. As this site did for me. Thank you.

  3. Sieged European
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Hey Greg

    Firstly I would like to say thank you for this great site.
    I only found it the other day and have shared it around with friends.

    In your podcast you talked about how you believed a new populist movement is the sweet spot to turn over Europeans.

    I was wondering if you could compose a basic outline of the policies used by such a party?

    We keep talking to people about white genocide but we haven’t offered them a complete political solution other than preventing and reversing non-European immigration.

    Kind regards

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted February 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your kind words. There are a lot of different articles on this site that allow you to piece together elements of a program, but no program yet. All of that is still evolving.

  4. KT
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    When I first read Reign of Quantity I had the Eureka moment. I’d previously read through Blavatsky, Steiner, Bailey , Pike, Manley Hall, and found alot of truth & wisdom but instinctively & intellectually knew that they weren’t fully honest. Like Yockey Guenon is true and reading his books is the kindest thing anyone can do for themselves.

  5. Daniel Constantin
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    I should say that people really should take a look at the works of Mircea Eliade, who is in the same general grouping as Guenon and Evola although independent at the same time. Eliade provides an important perspective on religion and the Sacred that may also be considered traditionalist in outlook, and he is simultaneously an important link in achieving a deeper understanding of religion and spirituality.

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