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Video of the Day:
Nietzsche’s Historical Vitalism

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In the latest episode of Guide to Kulchur, Greg Johnson joins Fróði Midjord for a conversation on Nietzsche’s second essay in the Untimely Meditations, On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life (1874). Topics include civilizational decline, nihilism, vitalism, Christianity, and Nietzsche’s critique of Hegel’s philosophy of history.

The episode is archived on BitChute (video) and Spreaker Read more …

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Joe’s (Wagnerian) Garage

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As you can see. . . girls, music, disease, heartbreak. . . they all go together. . .

About three months ago, I was asked to give one of those “four recommendations” type interviews for an eminent publication (an old buddy’s blog) in the old country. Read more …

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Now with Audio Version!
Sky King

Richard Russell

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Around 9 PM Pacific Time on August 10th, 2018, a 29-year-old man named Richard Russell, stole a Q400 airplane from Seattle Tacoma International Airport and went for a joyride into the abyss. Read more …

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Life at the End of History:
Against Nineties Nostalgia

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To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

I grew up in the final years of the Cold War. If you aren’t old enough to remember the Cold War, let me tell you that it was a trip.

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Machine Gun Hail

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These fought, in any case,
and some believing, pro domo, in any case. . .
. . .some in fear, learning love of slaughter;
Died some pro patria, non dulce non et decor. . .

walked eye-deep in hell Read more …

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Philosophical Psychopathy:
Norman Mailer’s “The White Negro”

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Norman Mailer became a much-celebrated author of several novels, some quite dreadful, as well as a founder of The Village Voice. He wrote numerous essays, of which “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster” became the most famous. It essentially served as an iconic manifesto for the nascent Counterculture. The following is a distillation and analysis of its ponderous sentences and floating abstractions. Read more …

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Heidegger without Being

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The following brief introduction to Martin Heidegger’s philosophy does not discuss the concept of Being (Sein), simply because there’s no need to.

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The Purgative Fantasy

Albertus Pictor, Death Playing Chess, 1480-90.

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There is something sinister in the springtime this year. Rather than a serving as a yearly reminder of rebirth and natural beauty, the blooming trees and emergent grasses wear the face of some ancient enemy, awoken from its long slumber. The spreading pestilence makes one long for the dormancy and stasis of winter.

This atmosphere of dread has infected every dimension of our lives. Read more …

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Vision Quest

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I recently went with a friend to deliver some groceries to a guy who had a medical problem and couldn’t get to the store. We went to this person’s house and found him on his couch, watching The Breakfast Club on video. Read more …

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The Strange Legacy of Crack Rock Steady

Leftover Crack, live in Cologne, 2006.

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“You cannot edit strength and beauty out of life.”Bronze Age Pervert

Punk music is often connected with left-wing anarchism. In connection with this philosophy, it ostensibly rejects traditional aesthetics and order, but in reality, practically everyone still prefers harmony over chaos, and this is reflected in the music. Read more …

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R. R. Reno’s Return of the Strong Gods

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R. R. Reno
Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West
Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 2019

Most of the people who come to the Dissident Right do so in spite of the Dissident Right. It is a common experience for those who become red-pilled to discover that the hatred they have experienced from the Establishment for the “sins” of being white or heterosexual or male Read more …

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Mishima’s Life for Sale

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Yukio Mishima
Life for Sale
Translated by Stephen Dodd
London: Penguin Books, 2019

This past year has seen three new English translations of novels by Yukio Mishima: The Frolic of the Beasts, Star, and now Life for Sale, a pulpy, stylish novel that offers an incisive satire of post-war Japanese society. Read more …

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Can a New Elite Save Us?
Martin Gurri’s The Revolt of the Public & the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium

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Martin Gurri
The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium
San Francisco: Stripe Press, 2018

Though the recent wave of social media censorship has been particularly harsh, those active in Rightist politics are well aware that the struggle between corporate and governmental information controllers and political dissidents is not new. Read more …

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Cioran:
Aesthete of Despair

Emil Cioran

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Translated by Guillaume Durocher

Translator’s Note:

The following is Alain Soral’s negative assessment of Emil Cioran, as contained in his “dictionary” of aphorisms. While this appraisal is not exactly fair, the text expresses some understandable frustration with the nihilist Cioran and gives one a sense of the oppressive atmosphere, for Right-wingers, of the postwar French literary scene. Read more …

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The Counter-Currents 2018 Fundraiser
Assimilation = Nihilism

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In the last week, we have received 16 donations totaling $2,605 for which we are enormously grateful. Our goal this year is to raise $70,000. So far, we have received 125 donations totaling $19,152.27. Read more …

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Ronald Beiner’s Dangerous Minds

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Ronald Beiner
Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018

Ronald Beiner is a Canadian Jewish political theorist who teaches at the University of Toronto. I’ve been reading his work since the early 1990s, starting with What’s the Matter with Liberalism?[1] I have always admired Beiner’s clear and lively writing and his ability to see straight through jargon and cant to hone in on the flaws of the positions he examines. Read more …

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Poznámky k nihilismu

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Často se říká, že nihilismus je jednou z nejvýraznějších charakteristik naší moderní doby – co to ale vlastně nihilismus vůbec je? Nihilismus znamená cosi jako „smrt“ Boha, popření objektivního smyslu a hodnot, rozostření morálních kategorií a hierarchií, rozklad společného světa na individuální náhledy i společné kultury do subjektivních „osobních preferencí.“ Read more …

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Libertarian Fake Psychology
& Other Thoughts on Recent YouTube Debates

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Good and Evil

One of the most popular lines of argument against our recent arguments in defense of paternalism (see here, here and here) goes something like this: “If evil doesn’t meaningfully exist as a choice, then neither does good.”

Where does anyone get off with such nonsense? 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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Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea remains imprinted upon the mind long after one has read it. It is one of Mishima’s shorter novels, but its tightly-woven narration heightens the intensity of the atmosphere, simulating a taut bowstring upon readying an arrow.

The novel takes place in Yokohama, Japan’s leading port city, during the American occupation, and unfolds mainly from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy by the name of Noboru Kuroda. Read more …

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Beauty & Destruction in Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

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In 1950, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) in Kyoto was burned to the ground by a young monk. The temple had been built in the fourteenth century and was the finest example of the architecture of the Muromachi period. Covered in gold leaf and crowned with a copper-gold phoenix, it projected an image of majesty and serene beauty. It had been designated a National Treasure in 1897 and was considered a national symbol in Japan. Read more …

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Q&A about Heidegger

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Editor’s Note:

This is the transcription by V. S. of the Q&A session after Jonathan Bowden’s lecture on Martin Heidegger, which has recently been published in Extremists: Studies in Metapolitics. — Greg Johnson

Q: I’ve noticed that Leftists systematically completely misunderstand what Heidegger meant by “nihilism.”  Read more …

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Between Pragmatism & the Transcendent:
A Review of Brett Stevens’ Nihilism

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Brett Stevens
Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity
Colac, Australia: Manticore Press, 2016

The title of Brett Stevens’ new book, Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity, inclined me to think that this work would be in the same vein as other works of pessimist philosophy such as Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, or Eugene Thacker’s Horror of Philosophy trilogy. Read more …

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Mircea Eliade & the Rediscovery of the Sacred

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Mircea Eliade et la Redécouverte du Sacré (YouTube, Romanian subtitles)

Mircea Eliade was a traditionalist Romanian novelist and philosopher. Following the disaster of the Second World War, he moved to Paris and Chicago, becoming a respected and influential historian of religions. He acquired something of the status of a guru, as poignantly told in the 1987 documentary Mircea Eliade et la Redécouverte du Sacré. Read more …

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Albion’s Hidden Numina
Joy Division

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Joy Division left us with the most relentlessly depressing body of songs since Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. In some ways, though, this singularity of approach, this lack of light touches to add color to the palate, is responsible for making them enduringly fascinating. Read more …

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Francis Bacon:
The Dark Theology of Meat

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Francis Bacon, 1909–1992

Francis Bacon, 1909–1992

Francis Bacon was an extraordinary and extreme artist and one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. He was also a Right-wing elitist and individualist who approached the problem of creating art in the twentieth century with an honesty and intensity that have not really been matched. Generally speaking, it is probably true to say that most of the Right dismiss Bacon along with other contemporary artists mainly because of his unique treatment of the human form. But in my view his art enunciates a violent assault on the complacency of conventional thinking and perception that should be seen as deeply consonant with the project of the Alt Right. Read more …

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How to Be Grumpy:
Aaron Clarey’s The Curse of the High IQ

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Aaron Clarey
The Curse of the High IQ
CreateSpace, 2016

What’s it like to have nothing to lean on in this bleak world but nihilism?

Aaron Clarey’s new book, The Curse of the High IQ, takes an exceedingly unromantic look at the misfit misery of being too smart. Read more …

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A Waste of Space:
Some Thoughts on the Fabulous Career of Philip Johnson, Architect

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“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” — Philip Johnson[1]

“You know I’ve always wanted to pretend to be an architect.” — George Costanza [2]

“Don’t be stupid, be a smarty / Come and join the Nazi Party” — Mel Brooks, The Producers

Damn you, Philip Johnson! Read more …

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Notes sur le nihilisme

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The Gnostic NihilistOn dit souvent que le nihilisme est l’une des principales caractéristiques de l’âge moderne, mais qu’est-ce que le nihilisme ? Le nihilisme signifie quelque chose comme la « mort » de Dieu, la négation du sens et de la valeur objectifs, l’effacement des distinctions morales et des hiérarchies, la dissolution d’un monde commun en perspectives individuelles, et la dissolution d’une culture commune en « préférences données » subjectives.  Read more …

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Yeats’ heidnisches „Second Coming“

Luc Olivier Merson, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1879

Luc Olivier Merson, Rast auf der Flucht nach Ägypten, 1879

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Übersetzung: Lichtschwert

(Auf AdS nachveröffentlicht anläßlich des heutigen 150. Geburtstages von William Butler Yeats.)

William Butler Yeats verfaßte sein berühmtestes Gedicht, „The Second Coming“, im Jahr 1919, in der Zeit des Großen Krieges und der bolschewistischen Revolution, als die Dinge wahrlich „auseinanderfielen“, darunter hauptsächlich die europäische Zivilisation. Der Titel bezieht sich natürlich auf die Wiederkunft Christi. Read more …

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