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The Right Wing’s Got Talent

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Philippe-Joseph Salazar
Suprémacistes: L’enquête Mondiale chez les Gourous de la Droite Identitaire
Paris: Plon, 2020

This book results from interviews with leading thinkers of the race-conscious right — the so-called alternative right — which seeks to bring race to the forefront of political debate. The title Suprémacistes is, however, misleading; for the author, Philippe-Joseph Salazar, nowhere describes the people who are the subject of this study as supremacists Read more …

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Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism & The Western Liberal Tradition
Part 9: The Moral Argument for White Interests

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We have now reached the last chapter of Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition. This indispensable book argues that both the rise and decline of the West can be explained in terms of the genetically selected predisposition Europeans have for creating communities that emphasize the moral reputation Read more …

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Wallet Lives Matter!
Or, Will the Real Racist Please Stand Up

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The anti-white, former ESPN personality Jemele Hill tweeted something stupid again recently. But it was inadvertently interesting, and so worthy of comment. She initially tweeted this: Read more …

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We’re the Bad Guys?

René Magritte, Golconda, 1953.

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The twofold crises of the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic are perfect opportunities for modern nihilists and culture-destroyers of every stripe to let off all the brakes. It is not often that world events align so cleanly with the rhetoric and goals of our enemies, which presents some troubling developments Read more …

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You Know You’re Right

Mars, ca. 2nd century AD.

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You are here because you are convinced of the rightness of your ideas. This is not meant in a specific, epistemological sense; as in, your ideas have been verified by some kind of universal truth or that they are backed by data drawn from rigor, though these things could be applied to many of the ideas we hold on the Right. I mean that you are convinced enough of what you hold to be true that you are taking a risk in upholding it, even in the face of great adversaries. Read more …

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Self-Deception

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No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

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Strange & Bitter Fruit

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Six black people have been found dead, hanging from trees, during the month of June so far. They were all ruled as suicides by local police. Black people refuse to believe that’s true, of course. The circumstances of these deaths too closely resemble the lynchings of yesteryear, right down to the surrounding social turmoil and the highly public spectacle of the corpses. Read more …

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The Language of Winners

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Words matter. Language matters. The lucid, sober expression of ideas through the paired lenses of science and reason matters. Unfortunately, to the detriment of white people in Western countries, there is a Left-wing monopoly on scientific and political language that has ostracized Right-wing dissidents. Read more …

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White Nationalism 1.0

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Kathleen Belew
Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018

“The influence of key veterans upon the white power movement, therefore, is part of the longer story about veterans’ claims on society, and about the expansive aftermath of modern war.”– Kathleen Belew

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The “Revolutionary Vanguard” Trap

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Right-wingers often say they want to create an “elite” revolutionary vanguard.

This would supposedly attract the best and brightest of our society in order to overthrow it. This elite would be smarter, more dedicated, more athletic, and possibly better-looking than the cattle they wish to rule. “We’re attracting quality, not quantity! Elites, not the masses!” is the eternal response to those who doubt this strategy. Read more …

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Richard Weaver’s The Ethics of Rhetoric

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Richard Weaver
The Ethics of Rhetoric
Muriwai Books, 2017 (1953).

The great task that lies ahead of us is to persuade our people of the rightness of our ideas. It behooves us, then, to study the art of rhetoric, or persuasion. Richard Weaver’s The Ethics of Rhetoric is a rigorous and intelligent introduction to this vanishing art. Read more …

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Remembering Richard M. Weaver:
March 3, 1910–April 1, 1963

Richard M. Weaver

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America wasn’t always a liberal country. The founders drew more upon classical republicanism than liberalism. In the nineteenth century, the populist movement was decidedly anti-liberal. But the founders and the populists were never consistently anti-liberal, because consistency is the province of intellectuals, not statesmen.

America never had a genuinely anti-liberal intellectual movement until the Southern Agrarians of the 1920s and 1930s. (The North American New Right is America’s second anti-liberal intellectual movement.) Read more …

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Richard Weaver’s Ideas & Their Consequences

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Richard M. Weaver
Ideas Have Consequences
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948
Expanded edition, with a Foreword by Roger Kimball and an Afterword by Ted J. Smith III, 2013.

The defeat of logical realism in the great medieval debate was the crucial event in the history of Western culture …. Read more …

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On Racial Ad Hominems

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My 4-part series on the recent Kevin MacDonald-Nathan Cofnas debate garnered quite a few comments at Counter-Currents and on social media. This was one of the most challenging and rewarding piece I have ever worked on at Counter-Currents, Read more …

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Rules for Writers, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 here)

5. Pace Yourself.

Alas, most people in our cause are in no danger of burning themselves out. Read more …

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Video of the Day
Underneath the Mind:
Bowden on Oratory

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 179
The Morality of Hatred

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C. B. Robertson speaks at the Fourth Meeting of the Northwest Forum on Saturday, June 24th on themes discussed in his book In Defense of Hatred (reviewed here by Aedon Cassiel).

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With Vindictive Poise:
Dealing with the Mainstream Media

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In 2009, Ann Coulter gave a wonderfully civil interview to the New York Times, which was predictably entitled “And Now, a Moment of Civil Discourse With Ann Coulter.” The topic was her upcoming debate with liberal comedian and talk show host Bill Maher. She did not speak with her reporter, and instead answered his questions IN ALL CAPS in an email. Like a good Elvis Costello song, the tone of the interview could not have been more pleasant . . . Read more …

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Enlightened Patriarchy:
Frederick the Great’s Principles of Lawmaking, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2; Russian translation here

Moderation & Humaneness

The sovereign has authority but, as with the father, this must be deserved. Frederick notes dispassionately that Publicola, one of the founders of the Roman Republic, had legalized tyrannicide. The laws must be fair and appropriate to the nation concerned, Read more …

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Expertos & Vendedores

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De acuerdo al libro de Malcom Gladwell The Tipping Point (discutido aquí y aquí), los Conectores –la gente con amigos y conocidos en una variedad de mundos sociales – son cruciales en lograr viralizar la información. ¿Pero de dónde sacan esta información?  Read more …

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Experts et vendeurs

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D’après le livre de Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point [Le point de basculement] (discuté ici et ici), les Connecteurs – les gens ayant des amis et des connaissances dans de nombreux mondes sociaux différents – sont cruciaux pour faire en sorte que l’information devienne virale. Mais où obtiennent-ils leur information ?  Read more …

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Mavens & Salesmen

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Translations: French, Spanish

According to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point (discussed here and here), Connectors — people with friends and acquaintances in many different social worlds — are crucial in making information go viral. But where do they get their information?

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Why I am Not a Conservative

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L. S. Lowry, "Our Town," 1943

L. S. Lowry, Our Town, 1943

Editor’s Note:

This text continues the transcript by V. S. of Jonathan Bowden’s interview at the Union Jack Club in London on Saturday, November 21, 2009, after his lecture/performance on Punch and Judy. Read more …

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It’s All In the Delivery

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macro-photography-vyacheslav-mishchenko-12Over the past few years I’ve pondered my communication technique. My style. It seems dated, or maybe just a product of the wrong time. But it’s important to talk, to engage with potentially like-minded people around who are looking for something else besides forced group-think unhappiness. Read more …

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Plato’s Apology, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2

Author’s Note:

The following text is based on a transcript by V. S. of a lecture on Plato’s Apology of Socrates. As usual, I have edited his transcript to remove excessive wordiness. I have also added a few lines and repositioned some paragraphs.  Read more …

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Plato’s Apology, Part 1

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Part 1 of 2

Author’s Note:

The following text is based on a transcript by V. S. of a lecture on Plato’s Apology of Socrates. As usual, I have edited his transcript to remove excessive wordiness. I have also added a few paragraphs and points based on my notes.  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 68  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 10 of 10

portrait_of_plato32:49 / 334 words

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In August of 1999, I started an eight-week lecture course called “What Socrates Knew: Plato on Art, Wisdom, and Happiness.”  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 66  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 9 of 10

Close up of Socrates49:17 / 335 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 64  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 8 of 10

Plato-and-socrates-590x43331:11 / 335 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 62  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 7 of 10

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Note: After a long hiatus, we will be running philosophy lectures on Wednesdays again. Read more …

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