“I Write About Communist Space Goths”: An Interview with Beau AlbrechtOndrej Mann
Beau Albrecht is one of Counter-Currents’ funniest authors. I personally enjoy reading his articles on topics such as music, bizarre books, humor, and current events. I haven’t seen any interviews with Beau, so I decided to do one. Maybe you’ll read something unexpected.
Beau Albrecht is the author of several books. His cheerful and subversive persona is conveyed by his avatar, Rainbow Albrecht. We spoke with this humorously incorrect writer about his books, nationalist music, songwriters, seduction, dystopias, the occult, religion, his political views, movies, bizarre experiences, Neil Strauss, David Duke, and writing for Counter-Currents.
Could you introduce yourself to Counter-Currents readers?
I’m a love child from the 1960s, placing me in early Generation X. I was raised to be liberal, but fortunately I was able to think my way out of it early on. Ideologically I’m best described as a moderate fascist. But I’m actually not too far away from being a retro-1950s conservative, back in the days when it wasn’t all about sucking up to corporations. Other than that, I’m what’s called in Utah a “jack Mormon,” and so I don’t take all that too seriously. I should mention that my favorite bar in Salt Lake City is the Desert Edge.
From early on, I aspired to be a science fiction writer. By the time I was a young adult, the Golden Age in that field was long over. In the 1960s, anything with a rocket ship on the cover sold like hotcakes; the very prolific Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe’s potboilers are proof of that. These days, the well is pretty much dry unless you’re already an established author, or your name is Tunakula Wamisionari and you’re writing about gender studies in space. I kept writing anyway as an indie author, and I have a number of fine rants about the state of the corporate publishing industry. For publicity, I tried blogging, but that didn’t generate much traffic. I tried sending my work to established websites, but getting published by one is easier said than done.
I got my lucky break with Return of Kings, a mansophere website. There I was able to bring my deplorable politics to a new audience, reaching at least tens of thousands of readers a month. That made for a couple of good years, and I even caused a minor mass triggering. Unfortunately, the site went on hold indefinitely, and I’m not expecting that to change. So I was adrift in the wilderness for about a year. I’d like to think I have at least some talent, but I still had great difficulty getting picked up by another major website. Most editors didn’t even write back. Then one day, although I considered it a long shot, I sent a review of an obscure old book to Counter-Currents. Since then, I have been able to bring my deplorability to a new venue. As for my science fiction projects, I tend to write parody, and there are a couple that readers here might like.
Do you have any other interests outside of writing for Counter-Currents and finding a publisher? Do you collect anything?
I lift weights. I like to travel, too, but I’ve had to put that on hold for a while. I have a fairly large personal library. I also collect old computers, bottles, and cans, but I’ve had to downsize those collections.
Do you also collect recorded music? How largeis your music collection? What are your biggest rarities and most valuable music recordings?
I do have a large number of CDs, and even cassette tapes from the days of my youth when dinosaurs walked the Earth. One day during a trip to Berlin, I went to a music superstore. They had a floor for classical music, and an entire rack in the center for medieval and renaissance music. I really like that genre, so I was like a kid in a candy store. I bought over $800’s worth, really punishing the credit card.
Besides classical and early music, I developed a liking for hard rock slightly late in life. It’s too bad that the well is starting to dry up. Not long ago, I was a bit dismayed to realize that I can name very few new rock acts that have emerged in the last two decades, and there’s not much from new bands that I’d call first-rate.
Other than that, I have several CDs of nationalist music and an enormous digital collection.
What would you recommend readers to listen to in nationalist music?
Ian Stuart is quite well-known, of course. He was the lead vocalist for Skrewdriver as well as some related projects. For those who prefer a softer sound, Saga from Sweden has covered several of his songs. Brutal Attack is another old classic, and they’re still active. Then there’s the Midtown Bootboys. Ah, the memories!
As for Spanish-language artists, Estirpe Imperial is my favorite. They’re followed closely by Division 250, named after the famous anti-Communist volunteers. Then there’s the lovely and talented Mara Ros. Spain once had a thriving scene of Rock Against Communism bands, but I haven’t noticed much coming out of there lately. I fear that this resulted from severe repression.
I’m less familiar with the German music scene, but Landser of course is recommended.
You’ve written two reviews of female songwriters. Do you listen to any female singer-songwriters other than Saga, Mara Ros, and Elle King?
Back in ancient times, I was a Madonna fan. She did have a number of well-done hits which now remind me of the simpler days of my misspent youth. However, pretty early into the 1990s my opinion began to change.
Madonna was taking her image in the wrong direction by then. As it happens so often for those whose shtick is about pushing the envelope, things went too far. Also, her music videos started promoting race-mixing, part of something I noticed MTV pushing pretty early on. (((Golly, I wonder why?))) Then she became a major trendsetter in making body piercings fashionable. Soon girls everywhere — inspired by their role model — were getting their navels pierced up, and when that wasn’t enough, inserting ironmongery into their faces and other body parts. Monkey see, monkey do. (I hope I’m not ruffling too many feathers here, but I consider body piercings to be an ugly form of faux rebellion, and moderately degenerate.)
Speaking of degenerate, after I heard about Madonna’s liaison with Dennis Rodman, that poured cold water over the last embers of the crush I once had on her. Well, that’s too bad. As Elie Wiesel once said, the opposite of love is indifference — to which I say, “So what?” By now, she seems to me to be just another self-absorbed, Left-leaning celebrity, though she’s hardly the worst. Sometimes I’ll parody a wide composite of that type in my science fiction works.
Anyway, that’s enough dwelling on the negative. I have a much more enduring admiration for Cyndi Lauper. She’s proof that a pop star can be plenty sexy without dancing on stage wearing two funnels and a bikini bottom. She has a fantastic voice, too. People used to be able to sing before Autotune — imagine that!
Reaching further back in time, Grace Slick had great vocal control, too, and it’s rather a loss that she’s been in retirement for ages. Cher has her moments as well, though I’ll have to overlook her silly politics. Janis Joplin had a great voice; a star who fell much too soon. Other than that, I’d like to recognize Joan Jett, The Runaways, and Fem2Fem for their good work.
For something a little different, I’m pretty enthusiastic about the Mediaeval Baebes, given my interest in early music. Finally, I recently discovered the lovely and talented Kikka from Finland, sadly gone but certainly not forgotten. I might give them a write-up one of these days.
Did you go to live concerts before? Does it make sense to organize such events?
As far as nationalist music goes, I’ve only been to one. That was held on private property, and went over quite well. A Skrewdriver cover band was there, and I wish I had a recording, especially because one of the numbers was an unreleased song. Aryan also took the stage, though unfortunately the leading vocalist wasn’t up to playing the hit “Coon Shootin’ Boogie.”
There was another event the following year. I missed it, but that was just as well, since it ended in a huge fistfight sparked by a dispute over religion. We’ve got to cut that out . . .
This brings us to the next question. What is your religion? You once mentioned that you were interested in Ariosophy and German occultism.
I didn’t have too much instruction as a youth, so I take the Mormon religion with a pretty big grain of salt. Still, there are aspects to it which are commendable, although I’ll admit that the magic underwear and all that is a bit silly.
I have a number of other influences as well — some more conventional varieties of Christianity, paganism, Thelema, and so forth. Studying religions is one of my informal pursuits, though mainly from an academic perspective. It broadens the mind, though I’m not the True Believer type who will dive in with both feet every time I see something new and interesting. Even being a teenage atheist taught me some things, namely that I’m not going to believe something just because it says so in an old book. It has to make sense first before I’ll consider it.
I do believe in an organizing intelligence behind the universe, which established the laws of physics as they are to make it possible for life to exist. Other great questions are more difficult to answer. All told, it’s pretty hard to describe my viewpoint in a single label. I mean no disrespect to anyone here; I just don’t see any one religion as having a monopoly on the truth. The underlying metaphysics of the universe is pretty difficult for us to wrap our heads around, and we can’t prove these things in a test tube. Mankind comes up with religions to help ourselves make sense of it all and try to answer the great questions of life.
I do find Ariosophy to be rather eccentric, though to be fair any religion looks pretty odd when viewed from the outside. I did include elements of it in my latest novel, Space Vixen Trek Episode 17: Tomorrow the Stars, of course along with some of the technology and settings which often go along with those legends.
Religion is quite unclear for you, if I understand it correctly. You prefer to study different currents and don’t advocate any particular direction. Are your political opinions this complicated as well?
My views on religion are pretty much a vague synthesis. The thing is that you can’t prove anything metaphysical in a test tube, including the existence of God. That doesn’t necessarily mean that strict materialism is correct — the idea that if you can’t touch it, it’s not real. It just means that some things are not measurable with physical equipment. So I’m left with a lot of uncertainty. Will I go to Hell for not being a proper Christian? Will I go to Jahannam for not being Muslim? Will I go to Sheol for not being Jewish? Will I get reborn as a bug for not being a Hare Krishna? If I get a personal epiphany that there is one true way, I’ll run with it. If Zeus comes down from a thundercloud on a chariot and tells me that L. Ron Hubbard is the real deal, then I’ll promptly report to the nearest Scientology ashram.
Politics is quite different. Results — the “acquired facts of history,” as Mussolini put it — are demonstrable to an objective observer. Some ideologies and policies clearly do work, some others work only in certain circumstances, and there are things that don’t work at all. The better one knows history, the wiser one is politically.
History classes in American public schools tend to be rather dumbed-down, and some schools have stopped teaching it entirely. It wouldn’t surprise me if this was a deliberate decision by the Leftist educational establishment, in part because people who are familiar with history realize that fruity Leftist utopian schemes end in failure and bloodshed. That’s why there are lots of kids here these days who think that socialism means free shit, anarchy is great, and Communism is heaven on Earth. Since these squidlings tend to be too lazy to clean up their rooms, I’d like to see any of them last a week on a collective farm.
Since we can get a good idea about what works in politics, I’m pretty opinionated about it. Still, I can get along with those who disagree with me. I do study ideologies for fun and knowledge, even ones that are flaky and impractical. It’s rather fascinating how someone’s premises will affect how they see the world. That’s also fairly true for religion.
Do you also like to read pro-white dystopias like Master, The Node, and Paul Christensen’s novels? You reviewed Merrie England 2,000 for Counter-Currents. What books would you recommend in that genre?
I haven’t heard of the titles you mentioned, other than Merrie England 2,000 of course. Presently I’ve begun reading Hear the Cradle Song by O. T. Gunnarson, though it might be a while before I can finish it. Then there’s a short one I’ve read, The Day of the Rope. As for others in the genre, I’m partial to the old-school works like The Turner Diaries and Hunter by Andrew MacDonald, which was Dr. William Pierce’s pen name. I might review them one of these days. I suppose these might differ from conventional dystopias where the bad guys win, since the characters actually do something about the situation. Finally, I’ve covered dystopian themes in some of my fiction as well.
Other than that, conventional classics like Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World do have a lot to say about modern abuses of power, even though the authors weren’t on our exact wavelength. One of these days I hope to get into Jack London’s The Iron Heel and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We.
I’ve read your reviews of some fairly obscure books. I like those books, too, and collect them. What’s the most obscure book you’ve read?
Well, there’s the Victorian novel Jude the Obscure, does that count?
Now if you mean obscure literature on our side, you just reminded me of something. I have a copy of a very rare booklet from 1934 by Sir Oswald Mosley, Revolution of a Nation, which was addressed to his Blackshirts in the British Union of Fascists. I haven’t seen this making the rounds anywhere else, so it might even be possible that I have the only copy aside from the original, which is gathering dust in an archive. I transcribed it long ago, and one of these days I might just send it in. Perhaps I’ll do so to commemorate Mosley’s birthday. I’d better not get run over by a bus before November.
For a runner-up title that’s in my possession, which is rare but not quite a lost manuscript, something else comes to mind: Der Gegentypus by Erich Rudolf Jaensch, a book from 1938 about psychology with the imposing subtitle Psychologisch-anthropologische Grundlagen deutscher Kulturphilosophie ausgehend von dem was wir überwinden wollen. Since it is 512 pages of very dense German text, I certainly haven’t read it in its entirety. What makes it especially interesting is that the Frankfurt School classic The Authoritarian Personality rips off some of this book’s basic concepts, but turns it all on its head. Several bad traits described by Der Gegentypus are called good, and good traits are called bad. The Authoritarian Personality doesn’t give any credit for the concepts that it ripped off from Jaensch and inverted, except to complain about him bitterly, however.
Why do you write? What are your most-read articles on Counter-Currents? What type of articles do you like to write?
I write because this is presently the best way I can help my race and nation. I’d like to think I have some talent, though others may draw their own conclusions about my abilities, of course. Hopefully what I’m doing here, and did on Return of Kings, has been making an impact, even if a small one.
I can’t say for sure which of my articles have been most read, since I don’t have access to the traffic statistics. Sometimes there’s a monthly count, and occasionally I’ll squeak into the top 20, though I have yet to get to the top of the chart. If I had to gauge readership by the number of comments, I’d say that there’s an inverse relationship between the obscurity of the topic and the number of people who are interested in it. (That much is to be expected.) My discussions about COVID-19 tend to get a lot of discussion, though not always positive.
The articles I like writing the best tend to be reviews of Rightist literature. You might have noticed that I review a lot of Leftist literature, explaining what it’s about and what’s wrong with its reasoning. Although it’s not much fun diving into all that stuff — Leftists have a particular talent for being tedious –it seems to have become my specialty here.
You’ve written for Return of Kings and have your own blog. What is your blog’s readership, and what is its purpose?
When I began publishing online, I set it up to showcase my book catalog. There are lists of suggestions for aspiring independent writers in order to generate publicity, and starting a blog is one of them. Do all these things, so they say, and soon you’ll be rich and famous, enjoying life on a sun-baked beach near Rio De Janeiro sipping caipirinhas! So I’ve been blogging for years. By now, I’ve written about many topics: dating, politics, literature, even about how OnlyFans might be ruining prostitution.
Anyway, I’m still waiting for those caipirinhas! My blog gets very little traffic, other than links followed from current articles. I get very few search engine hits. Did I mention that I’m not very good at generating publicity?
Now’s your chance to advertise. Would you introduce your books?
My book with the highest sales is Righteous Seduction. I wrote it partially to diversify my book catalog, which was all science fiction up to that point. Additionally, I hoped to ride the wave of success among this new genre of contemporary dating advice for men. I figured I could do better than all the “Hypnotize Your Way into Her Panties” stuff out there. This project turned out to be more effort than I’d anticipated. It’s longer than Moby Dick, and I’m selling it for the price of a cheeseburger combo. To my knowledge, it remains the most family values-oriented game guide to date (though not entirely so) and it’s aged pretty well.
My only other non-fiction book is Deplorable Diatribes, which is even longer. That’s a compilation of my Return of Kings articles, though most have been expanded. I have topical chapter headings which should be informative and entertaining, and I also include glimpses into the creative process. Additionally, there are draft versions of two articles which were pretty entertaining, though never seen before online, since the final versions were toned down seriously per editorial request.
Now for the fiction. Beware, spoilers ahead!
Next up is Dark Horse Rising, an alternate history story written like a newspaper article in which Charles Manson seeks the 1980 presidential nomination. I should note that it’s not an allegory, despite some subtle satirical elements, but rather something that I just did for fun.
Then there’s Safe and Secure in Atropia, a brief satire about electronic surveillance, the nanny state, and anarcho-tyranny. Cheapskates may download it for free.
Dishonorable mention goes to “Date Expectations,” a short story in which a dull-witted slob answers an advertisement in the back of a pornographic magazine and becomes the subject of a scientific experiment, which of course has some unexpected results.
The rest of my fiction is the Space Vixen Trek series, rather obviously a parody of fantasy and science fiction. There’s always a nerd and a jock, and although their names and circumstances may differ, they can be considered to be recurring characters. First up is the short story “Walking the Planck,” which has space pirates in it, arrrr . . . This has a prequel and a sequel, unpublished manuscripts which I might put out there one of these days.
The others are novel-length. Medieval Vixen Quest Episode 0: The Search for Shlock is my first (and so far only) fantasy book. This one is about a role-playing game party that gets transported into the game by a magic spell. There’s some political allegory, but not too hard-hitting. I have two sequels in the pipeline, but they’re on the back burner and might not see the light of day.
The Final Falafel is a prequel taking place a year before The Search for Shlock. This has strong religious themes and is highly irreverent. (For one thing, the Scientologists might put a fatwa on me for appropriating their mythology!) The nerd becomes Jewish, the jock becomes Muslim, and a dweeb goes off his meds and proclaims himself to be a messiah. Of course, they’re all on summer vacation in Jerusalem — where else for fun like this? Then there are some other little plot complications, like overbearing extraterrestrials whose activities are likely to ignite a nuclear war.
Finally, I’m proud to say that Tomorrow the Stars is the most fashy science fiction novel ever, other than Norman Spinrad’s The Iron Dream, which was hardly played straight. It’s my latest, so I’ll brag about it for a while. It’s retro-futurist, the action taking place in 1978 as a writer in 1958 might have imagined it, as well as parodying the teen/young adult science fiction of the time. For one thing, Al Gore really does invent the Internet, though they call it something else. All this gets a bit complicated, though the marketing page provides some further background details on the alternate history. I should add that the professor character is loosely based on George Lincoln Rockwell.
It has a tightly-wrapped plot involving three alien civilizations, each having a planet of humans to do the fighting for them. They’re all conspiring to invade Earth. For one thing, there will be plenty of German flying saucers (Haunebu), hidden bases, and other fanciful features from the esoteric side of National Socialism. UFO lore isn’t just for Leftist crystal weenies addicted to granola! The story also has Communist space Goths, who do indeed speak Gothic. There are also space Vikings who (ahem) might be familiar to contemporary American readers. The group of aliens that became a hostile elite in their society conduct subversion through political connections, as well as dominate key industries such as the news, entertainment, finance, and even pornography. They’ve opened the Norse world for colonization by competing species, and of course the public was never asked. They even encourage crossbreeding as an endgame strategy. They’re very touchy and can’t stand criticism, doing their utmost to stamp out dissent.
Anyway, I hope the Chinese won’t be too upset with me about this! Still, even these aliens aren’t irredeemable. The extraterrestrial Valley Girl actually is a sweetheart, apart from certain occasional eating habits. Although she’s a literal Space Cadet, she begins to realize that they need to stop exploiting everyone else and start learning from their mistakes. I have a sequel in the works, though it’s not too ideological.
If you wrote a book about seduction, surely you were interested in pickup artistry? What do you think of the book The Game and its author, Neil Strauss? Do you have any pickup stories of your own?
I should mention that I never called myself a pickup artist, but I do know how it works. I had a pretty difficult beginning, though I haven’t been alone since I was 20. After much painful experience, I began to develop a natural game style. I’ll share the bare-bones basics:
Be cool and smooth — I don’t mean in an exaggerated, greasy way; just be chill and fun.
Don’t make mistakes — ever!
As for Strauss, he’s an interesting character. The Game is entertaining, though some of what he was doing was a bit hubristic. He got very good with Outer Game in his first book, but clearly needed to work on some Inner Game problems.
That’s one of the things that came to bite him in the butt by his book The Truth, and he had to go through a lot of effort to get his head screwed on straight in the end. Fortunately, it worked out for him — happily reuniting after epically blowing a relationship like that generally only happens in movies. I did recap the book on Return of Kings, first about his very expensive misadventures in sex addiction rehab (possibly the same place that Harvey Weinstein briefly attended), and then his misadventures in trying polyamory. Anyway, my articles weren’t well received. As I recapped in Deplorable Diatribes:
Audience reaction wasn’t too favorable. Much of it was something to the effect of “Can we please quit taking advice from these Jewish degenerates?” Here I was writing about a PUA pioneer, and the peanut gallery gets all Gerald L. K. Smith on me — now that’s harsh! My thoughts are that Strauss seems to be personable and (aside from the foibles described here) pretty decent. Thus, he isn’t one of the types who give their own people a lot of embarrassment. Neil’s moral turpitude isn’t in the same league as Harvey Weinstein, Anthony the Weiner, or Jeffrey Epstein (rest in perdition).
As for my own romantic misadventures, there was the story from my college days about how I almost dated a flaming radicalinski. Love can transcend ideology. Like I said in Righteous Seduction, politics and romance go together like ranch dressing and double-entry bookkeeping. We did reconnect about three decades later, then suddenly she dropped off the radar.
You write a lot of movie reviews, too. What are your top five favorite films?
- The Abyss: An excellent drama, gripping and suspenseful and with great character development.
- Starship Troopers: The director did a lousy job of subverting the concept, which makes it extra fun. Also, I have a major crush on Denise Richards.
- BASEketball: This is a great parody of just about every sports movie ever made.
- Galaxy Quest: This one is another great stupid/funny movie, a laugh a minute.
- The original Dune: Although the remakes are better in some ways, this one has a certain passion to it, and Patrick Stewart kicks ass.
Honorable mention goes to The Craft. Fairuza Balk — oh, be still my beating heart! Neve Campbell is quite stunning, too.
Your review of My Awakening by David Duke was quite widely read, but that review didn’t include your opinion of David Duke himself. What is your opinion of him, and why do you think David Duke was politically defeated? Do you have any personal experience with him?
Overall, I think quite highly of Dr. David Duke. Although I’ve heard of some of his foibles (which I won’t spread around), I’m hardly perfect myself. Even in the unlikely event that every bit of scuttlebutt is all true, that’s nonetheless greatly eclipsed by Duke’s positive accomplishments. He got enlightenment early on, much like I did, but also has been into activism his entire adult life. So he’s been plugging away for decade after decade, while I had been wandering in the wilderness for the most part, and only started reaching a wide audience six years ago. Meanwhile, Duke has produced countless videos and audio recordings which have reached an audience of several million around the world. If I somehow could enlighten even a tenth as many people he has, then one day I can go to my grave satisfied that I’ve done something.
I haven’t had any personal dealings with him, although I’d be happy to meet him sometime. The only time I came close was when I sent a modest donation to him long ago. Then he sent a thank you card, which I proudly displayed on my dorm room’s door in college. Surely I’d get burnt at the stake if I did something like that now, and it would be only a matter of whether the campus commies got me first or the campus administration. Finally, I did drop a note to him on his website that I’d reviewed his book, though I haven’t heard back.
As for his electoral career, he did win at the local level, and probably could’ve been reelected to the same office, building more street cred as a politician. I figure it was premature for him to have tried for higher offices at that time. Obviously he was facing into strong headwinds from the mainstream media’s constant shrieking, as well as both liberal and cuckservative politicians denouncing him until the cows came home. (We didn’t see that kind of caterwauling again until Trump Derangement Syndrome.) Still, Duke did get my write-in vote when he ran for President, even though I knew it would be no more than a publicity stunt.
What projects do you have planned for the future? You’ve already mentioned that you have many other interests besides writing.
I have quite a few home improvement projects and repairs in the works. I’m the type of cheapskate who prefers to do things myself when possible. Other than that, I’d like to get a vehicle converted to electric power. That’s beyond my abilities, so I’ll have to save up some pocket change and pay to get it done.
Also, I’d like to get back into tourism again. One of these days I hope to go on a cruise. I can’t do that now, because all the companies insist that their passengers get shot up with a poison vax that doesn’t do anything except make people sick and generate obscene profits for the manufacturers. I’m tired of all the Wuhanic Plauge security theater. Besides, by now the powers-that-be have moved on to new distractions to frighten the public.
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