Stregoneria Politica is the title of Guido Taietti’s “manual of non-conventional political communication.” It translates as “political witchcraft,” and one can see why such a title was chosen. There may be nothing new under the Sun, and doing politics has always been a messy business no matter which system of government was employed, but the advent of the Internet and social media has rendered the political realm today even more bewildering, heaving with with a multitude of parties and actors who are all noisily vying for attention. (more…)
Gaddius Maximus & David Zsutty on the Need for Nationalist Political Institutions
August 3, 2023 Alain de Benoist
Society Is Not a Market,
Chapter I, Part 3: What Is Liberalism?
Translated by F. Roger Devlin
This strictly economic representation of society has considerable consequences. Finishing off the process of secularization and “disenchantment” of the world that is characteristic of modernity, it results in the dissolution of peoples and the systematic erosion of their particularities. At the sociological level, the adoption of economic exchange leads the society to be divided into producers, owners, and sterile classes (such as the former aristocracy) at the end of an altogether revolutionary process. (more…)
July 6, 2023 Counter-Currents Radio
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 539
Greg Johnson on Plato’s Gorgias,
Greg Johnson is teaching a five-week course on Plato’s Gorgias on Counter-Currents Radio, which will continue on three Saturdays later this month (July 15, 22, and 29). The second lecture, which dealt with Socrates’ discussion with Polus from 461b to 481b, can be heard below. A visual aid that accompanies the lecture is here.
The theme of the course is “Might vs. Right.” Dr. Johnson is using Donald J. Zeyl’s translation of the Gorgias published by Hackett as both a separate book and as part of their Plato Complete Works volume. (more…)
All the world’s a stage. — William Shakespeare, As You Like It
This is not journalism, it’s performance art. — FOX News contributor Kat Timpf on pre-approved questions at a Biden press conference
In the old days of print journalism, the importance of a story was not measured in retweets, trending, uploads, shares, likes, or views, but rather in “column inches.” This is self-explanatory, but is also indicative of the fact that journalistic coverage in the print era was a zero-sum game. That is, the more column inches are devoted to story A, the fewer there are available for story B. (more…)
If Poland Chooses a Liberal Government, It Will Undergo a Cultural Revolution
Interview with Grégor Puppinck, Director of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ)
In November of this year, Poles will vote to elect a new Sejm (parliament), and therefore a new government. Under pressure at the national level from the Euro-enthusiastic liberals on its left and the patriots and nationalists of Konfederacja on its right, the center-Right coalition led by the Law and Justice Party (PiS) is not certain to win the upcoming elections after two consecutive terms.
Grégor Puppinck is the Director of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ). (more…)
Right-wingers are fascinated with IQ to the point that it’s a focal point of the ideological brand. It’s an unspoken credo that says, “We’re the smart ones.” And that’s fine. All movements have mantras. There’s certainly nothing unappealing about being “the smart ones.” But when was the last time you heard the Left discuss IQ? (more…)
In The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom, James Burnham sets forth a Machiavellian method for interpreting political texts. (Methods of interpretation are also known as “hermeneutic” methods.) Burnham distinguishes between the “formal” and the “real” meanings of texts. The formal meaning of a text is “what it explicitly states when taken at face value” (p. 8). The formal meaning also expresses, albeit in an indirect and disguised manner, “what may be called the real meaning” (p. 8). (more…)
This is a substantially edited transcript of a 1998 lecture on Plato’s Apology of Socrates. The translation is from Plato and Aristophanes, Four Texts on Socrates: Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito and Aristophanes’ Clouds, trans. Thomas G. West and Grace Starry West (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984). Paraphrases are placed in ‘single quotes,’ whereas actual quotes appear in “quotation marks.” (more…)
October 19, 2022 Alain de Benoist
The Populist Moment, Chapter 1:
Crisis of Representation, Crisis of Democracy
Translated by F. Roger Devlin
Opinion democracy? Televisual democracy? Market democracy? Democracy is in crisis, and the pathologies which affect contemporary democracies increasingly occupy observers’ attention. The common opinion is that these pathologies, far from being inherent in democracy itself, result from a corruption of its principles. (more…)
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 483 The Ayatollah: Doxed & Defiant
Recently-doxed British commentator The Ayatollah (Odysee, Telegram) was Greg Johnson‘s special guest on the latest broadcast of Counter-Currents Radio, and it is now available for download and online listening.
Topics discussed include:
00:02:41 Who is “The Ayatollah”?
00:05:39 On British accents (more…)