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The Counter-Currents Newsletter, October 2019

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Dear Friends of Counter-Currents,

October was another very strong month. We backed off from our peak number of unique visitors in September, but we had our highest number of page views ever. There has been a steep and steady rise in traffic since June. This is not merely due to a few viral articles, although those helped. There are also structural factors at work:

If you are a new reader, please tell us how you discovered Counter-Currents and why you come back. Just leave a comment below.

1. The Challenge of Deplatforming

Despite the good news about our webzine, October has been a devastating month in terms of deplatforming.

First, we were deplatformed from two more credit card processors. This was a major blow. We currently have no way of selling books or taking donations by credit card. Thus we are extending our fundraiser, which usually ends on Halloween, to the end of the year in order to make our goal.

It is becoming increasingly clear that deplatforming might no longer allow us to continue supporting Counter-Currents through book sales and small donations from a large number of supporters. There may come a day — very soon, actually — when we simply can no longer take conventional online payments at all. At that point, we will only be able to receive money through:

  1. crypto-currency [2]
  2. checks and money orders sent by mail [3]

And not a lot of our supporters will make that transition, unfortunately.

Realistically, that means that if Counter-Currents is going to continue to grow, we must cultivate a smaller circle of high-commitment, high-dollar patrons. I know you are out there. Until now, you have been part of a much larger donor pool, and you could take that into account when calculating your support. Now, we can no longer take that for granted. So I would like to talk to you about increasing your support to make Counter-Currents less vulnerable to deplatforming. If you want to help out, please contact me at [email protected] [4].

Second, in late October, Counter-Currents received the following email from Amazon.com’s Kindle Direct Publishing:

Hello,

During a review, we noticed that you submitted content we consider offensive, which is a violation of our content guidelines. As a result, we are terminating your account and agreement effective immediately.

Here is an example of a book that you submitted through your account that falls into this category:

Confessions of a Reluctant Hater, Greg Johnson B01GYX9J08

As part of the termination process:
• We will close your KDP account.
• You’ll receive any unpaid royalties you have earned.
• You’ll no longer have access to your account. This includes, editing your titles, viewing your reports and accessing any other information within your account.
• All of your published titles will be removed from sale on Amazon.

Additionally, as per our Terms and Conditions, you aren’t allowed to open any new KDP accounts.

You can find our Terms and Conditions, here:
https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G200627430 [5]

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Regards,
Amazon KDP

First of all, in corporate-speak, “review” is a euphemism for an executive receiving a phone call from the Anti-Defamation League or Southern Poverty Law Center. We have seen the same euphemism in emails from the credit card processors that have deplatformed us this year.

Second, this represents an escalation of tactics used in the past. Previously, Amazon simply removed titles they regarded as “offensive.” Now they are canceling entire accounts. The Kindles they will no longer sell include my book From Plato to Postmodernism, Tito Perdue’s novels, collections of poems by Leo Yankevich and Juleigh Howard-Hobson, and literary and film criticism by Jef Costello, Trevor Lynch, Christopher Pankhurst, and Jason Jorjani.

Third, being banned from opening new accounts is not just ideological censorship, it is economic warfare directed at me as an individual.

I am exploring launching legal actions and orchestrating negative publicity against Amazon. If you want to help, please: Stop buying things from Amazon.com, and let them know why.

2. Our Webzine and Traffic

In October, we added 89 pieces to our webzine, including five podcasts and audio articles. Our Top 20 articles and full stats are below.

Top 20 Pieces (with Number of Reads): 

  1. Richard Houck, “The War Against Whites in Advertising [6],” 16,680
  2. Morris V. de Camp, “Stacy Abrams and the Union’s Most Unstable State [7],” 7,969
  3. Travis Le Blanc, “Coal-Burning Point USA [8],” 6,524
  4. Trevor Lynch reviews Eyes Wide Shut [9], 5,897
  5. Trevor Lynch reviews Joker [10], 5,356
  6. Nicholas Jeevly, “Charlottesville’s Silver Lining [11],” 5,186
  7. Greg Johnson, “Understanding the Halle Synagogue and Kebab Shop Shootings [12],” 4,688
  8. Scott Weisswald, “Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon [13],” 4,593
  9. Greg Johnson, “The Groupie Question in White Nationalism [14],” 4,426
  10. Robert Hampton, “The Case for Trump in 2020 [15],” 4,068
  11. Hubert Collins, “Ten Questions for Radical Environmentalist Derrick Jensen [16],” 3,578
  12. Fenek Solere, “The Death of Anglo-Saxon England [17],” 3,463
  13. Buttercup Dew, “Blade Runner 2049: White Slavery [18],” 3,432
  14. Max West, “Who Watches the Watchmen? [19],” 3,420
  15. Peter Bradley, “Four Hundred Years Together: Wilmot Robertson on ‘The Negroes [20],’” 3,386
  16. F. Roger Devlin, “The Roots of Liberalism’s Current Crisis [21],” 3,384
  17. Morris V. de Camp, “Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism & the Western Liberal Tradition [22],” 3,264
  18. Richard Houck, “Greta and Left vs. Right Environmentalism [23],” 3,086
  19. Robert Hampton, “Woke Capital Ends at China’s Borders [24],” 3,083
  20. Anton, “A Flash of Dissident Genius in Estonia [25],” 3,065

Rich Houck had two articles in the Top 20, including the number one article, his viral classic “The War Against Whites in Advertising.” Expect a video version in November. Greg Johnson, Trevor Lynch, Robert Hampton, and Morris V. de Camp all had two top-20 pieces each. And a list of established writers — including Travis LeBlanc, Nicholas Jeelvy, Scott Weisswald, Hubert Collins, Max West, Peter Bradley, Fenek Solere, F. Roger Devlin, and Anton — had single pieces in the Top 20. Congratulations, and thank you!

3. Our Top 20 Countries

Here are the top 20 countries from which we received visits:

  1. United States
  2. France
  3. Great Britain
  4. Canada
  5. Germany
  6. Hungary
  7. Australia
  8. Russian Federation
  9. Sweden
  10. The Netherlands
  11. Denmark
  12. China
  13. South Africa
  14. Romania
  15. Spain
  16. Norway
  17. Brazil
  18. Poland
  19. Bulgaria
  20. India

4. Our Readership and Web Traffic

Month Unique Visitors Number of Visits Pages Viewed “Hits” Bandwidth
October 2019 183,783 390,594 1,733,638 2,431,193 50.97 GB
September 2019 234,278 439,839 1,667,120 2,371,312 50.37 GB
August 2019 186,296 381,383 1,529,633 2,579,106 47.23 GB
July 2019 165,768 359,816 1,615,100 2,587,657 50.62 GB
June 2019 136,186 295,792 1,463,565 1,771,348 43.07 GB
May 2019 120,632 278,801 1,396,970 1,543,953 45.42 GB
April 2019 125,695 288,101 1,423,928 1,557,779 44.59 GB
March 2019 131,856 299,343 1,678,351 1,837,439 47.87 GB
February 2019 120,920 267,964 1,492,016 1,637,121 45.99 GB
January 2019 124,678 291,537 1,573,037 1,714,955 44.91 GB
December 2018 142,828 296,136 1,647,162 1,804,673 46.74 GB
November 2018 139,255 289,998 1,568,158 1,708,499 44.97 GB
October 2018 142,051 302,916 1,683,473 1,828,443 48.32 GB
September 2018 149,035 298,321 1,541,361 1,692,787 44.29 GB
August 2018 156,580 318,127 1,605,425 1,760,728 49.59 GB
July 2018 151,710 287,323 1,495,087 1,541,056 43.60 GB
June 2018 150,307 280,625 1,420,234 1,371,897 38.62 GB
May 2018 151,739 287,032 3,990,878 4,140,772 38.36 GB
April 2018 150,833 286,365 1,535,115 1,676,785 37.94 GB
March 2018 169,686 327,589 2,589,786 2,733,787 54.08 GB
February 2018 145,761 268,300 1,370,626 1,511,087 32.71 GB
January 2018 150,378 297,511 1,575,368 1,715,849 37.82 GB
December 2017 152,616 279,822 1,611,341 1,721,470 36.28  GB
November 2017 206,887 369,476 1,447,593 1,558,599 34.12 GB
October 2017 185,568 357,742 1,305,421 2,674,026 84.44 GB
September 2017 167,887 316,974 1,174,706 5,018,519 59.75 GB
August 2017 197,961 402,333 1,571,545 5,147,275 72.50 GB
July 2017 143,298 291,003 962,966 4,321,260 54.73 GB
June 2017 146,466 314,232 991,487 4,496,358 56.48 GB
May 2017 144,005 316,576 975,281 4,304,712 56.36 GB
April 2017 146,149 314,996 1,141,489 4,307,589 63.78 GB
March 2017 187,296 372,483 1,247,545 4,226,147 67.70 GB
February 2017 176,470 349,663 1,203,798 4,112,379 63.50 GB
January 2017 168,633 354,483 1,274,174 4,538,574 70.39 GB
December 2016 166,356 343,155 1,237,884 4,459,628 70.60 GB
November 2016 149,973 327,184 1,211,464 4,578,555 54.19 GB
October 2016 143,274 334,172 1,384,218 4,686,132 49.46 GB
September 2016 135,699 329,894 1,523,606 4,773,361 60.16 GB
August 2016 140,362 316,443 1,505,438 4,334,119 71.48 GB
July 2016 122,622 343,826 1,756,815 4,071,905 58.92 GB
June 2016 123,901 351,467 1,664,032 4,237,552 57.88 GB
May 2016 134,345 360,069 1,663,686 4,578,071 59.79 GB
April 2016 121,779 327,150 1,514,605 4,525,313 59.50 GB
March 2016 119,288 343,090 1,586,158 4,385,429 55.58 GB
February 2016 121,361 342,891 1,269,478 3,865,233 52.09 GB
January 2016 112,680 312,399 1,279,265 3,808,315 56.32 GB
December 2015 118,438 327,974 1,270,504 3,756,303 59.09 GB
November 2015 130,264 341,885 1,212,556 3,825,700 62.43 GB
October 2015 118,247 320,680 1,226,301 3,599,419 62.65 GB
September 2015 124,342 325,517 1,266,197 3,653,818 65.50 GB
August 2015 103,769 264,613 1,082,267 2,992,773 52.13 GB
July 2015 103,188 281,469 1,263,504 3,307,479 55.38 GB
June 2015 119,264 288,620 1,289,808 3,439,675 57.42 GB
May 2015  no data  no data  no data  no data  no data
April 2015 79,251 144,783 666,989 1,576,493 14.12 GB
March 2015 86,251 173,236 749,068 1,545,146 14.21 GB
February 2015 76,322 148,894 526,666 1,208,728 10.92 GB
January 2015 86,263 171,544 612,211 1,348,105 13.35 GB
December 2014 78,658 152,838 538,903 896,560 9.73 GB
November 2014 86,254 172,786 678,026 741,633 7.93 GB
October 2014 85,852 174,240 678,119 748,061 8.15 GB
September 2014 61,485 121,651 448,701 505,472 8.92 GB
August 2014 62,415 127,630 438,270 501,703 8.62 GB
July 2014 63,223 149,786 456,117 536,178 8.79 GB
June 2014 58,147 116,084 327,309 366,568 7.16 GB
May 2014 59,321 116,293 321,397 363,432 7.08 GB
April 2014 56,511 110,621 318,831 367,018 6.91 GB
March 2014 65,619 117,881 335,592 380,785 7.89 GB
February 2014 55,805 100,271 300,207 346,026 6.18 GB
January 2014 82,567 209,131 1,130,149 1,224,623 98.64 GB
July 2013 82,106 200,961 1,619,899 1,813,531 124.29 GB
June 2013 80,409 197,258 1,730,633 1,884,016 103.77 GB
May 2013 95,667 221,260 1,758,299 1,897,099 103.67 GB
April 2013 81,328 192,910 1,528,169 1,634,540 91.16 GB
March 2013 83,303 189,545 1,477,001 1,778,006 94.98 GB
February 2013 81,999 185,688 1,396,374 1,498,502 75.33 GB
January 2013 100,054 208,004 900,577 1,012,979 40.81 GB
December 2012 109,265 224,793 926,117 1,143,248 37.53 GB
November 2012 107,956 199,912 584,115 755,419 29.95 GB
October 2012 81,739 157,152 410,096 416,362 16.36 GB
September 2012 66,719 132,503 455,938 493,856 17.73 GB
August 2012 41,616 96,314 305,729 329,353 12.23 GB
July 2012 52,304 108,340 367,589 373,470 12.52 GB
June 2012 55,112 110,246 400,141 404,162 13.66 GB
May 2012 56,323 111,533 400,243 404,483 15.70 GB
April 2012 56,772 110,029 421,446 428,678 16.08 GB
March 2012 55,572 106,029 441,170 475,719 16.36 GB
February 2012 53,345 99,607 376,288 411,915 14.43 GB
January 2012 56,633 107,644 408,373 433,736 21.38 GB
December 2011 49,845 97,223 337,881 344,210 13.65 GB
November 2011 44,445 88,824 330,664 339,521 14.22 GB
October 2011 45,590 90,444 337,137 468,197 17.78 GB
September 2011 45,427 88,782 422,902 481,909 11.67 GB
August 2011 40,002 81,012 502,282 2,083,593 53.18 GB
July 2011 30,186 66,093 416,309 1,952,047 71.23 GB
June 2011 28,629 57,920 264,928 1,004,128 22.78 GB
May 2011 36,596 78,103 274,841 1,334,472 47.59 GB
April 2011 20,091 58,037 223,291 2,729,449 54.65 GB
March 2011 29,768 62,077 220,053 2,485,001 52.21 GB
February 2011 29,737 61,519 213,121 2,081,558 40.13 GB
January 2011 28,583 60,005 198,249 1,736,067 34.06 GB
December 2010 26,161 50,975 192,905 1,101,829 27.79 GB
November 2010 26,054 48,336 171,833 915,553 26.39 GB
October 2010 17,848 35,921 140,365 611,367 17.93 GB
September 2010 17,063 34,510 147,051 580,550 16.39 GB
August 2010 12,174 22,348 93,379 333,614 10.17 GB
July 2010 9,387 17,329 119,254 348,172 10.01 GB
June 2010 6,145 10,328 70,732 200,824 6.08 GB

5. How You Can Help Counter-Currents

We are trying to get a new payment processor. But this may take some time.

In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation, please consider:

If you plan to send a donation by mail, especially a large one, feel free to drop me an email to let me know.

Finally, we would like to broach a very delicate topic: your will. If you are planning your estate, please think about how you can continue helping the cause even after you are gone. The essay Majority Estate Planning [26]” contains many helpful suggestions.

Please give generously!

Note: Donations to Counter-Currents are not tax deductible. Real change never is!

Remember: those who fight for the Golden Age live in it today. Thank you for your support.

Greg Johnson
Editor-in-Chief
Counter-Currents Publishing, Ltd.