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15 December 2014

Available Now: Jonathan Bowden's Axe

Alex Kurtagic

Jonathan Bowden - AxeBetween the late 1970s and the early 1990s, Jonathan Bowden wrote 27 books, about which almost nothing was known until after his death. Combining cultural criticism with memoir, high journalism, and selected correspondence, these texts belong to no particular genre, the prose being allowed to roam where it may, drawing from many strands, finding unexpected links, and collecting shrewd insights along the way. More than anything, they are exercises in exploration and self-clarification, wherein one will find, as work in progress, many of the themes that would later emerge in his orations. The Jonathan Bowden Collection aims at making these obscure texts readily available for the first time, complete with annotations and indeces, so that they may be studied and / or enjoyed by present and future generations interested in the dissidents at the margins of British intellectual life at the turn of our century.


12 November 2014

Forgetting Dolores Ibárruri (La Pasionaria) (9 December 1895 - 12 November 1989)

Alex Kurtagic

Dolores IbárruriDolores Ibárruri died 25 years ago today. She was a pro-Soviet communist, Republican leader, and feminist in Spain who agitated to impose communism in her country and who later worked with Stalin's régime in Moscow. Upon her return to Spain, following the death of Franco, democratic politicians loaded her with honours. She is known for the slogan '¡No pasarán!' during the Battle of Madrid in the Spanish Civil War. Isadora Dolores Ibárruri Gómez was born in a Gallarta, in the Basque Country. Her father was a miner. He was also—and this says much about what he had to contend with—a supporter of Carlism, a traditionalist, legitimist, monarchist, counter-revolutionary movement, which arose in the reaction against the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and which was akin to Joseph de Maistre and the French Reactionaries. Her mother was Castillian. And she was also exasperated by young Dolores, whom, aged ten, she finally took to the Church of San Felicísimo to have her exorcised.


3 November 2014

Forgetting Wilhelm Reich (24 March 1897 - 3 November 1957)

Alex Kurtagic

Wilhelm ReichWilhelm Reich died 57 years ago today. He was a Freudo-Marxian psychoanalyst, sexual pervert, conspiracy theorist, ufologist, and quack. To his 1933 book, Mass Psychology of Fascism, we owe the fatuous idea that fascism is a symptom of sexual repression. This idea is still taken seriously today, notably by post-modern intellectuals. He died in prison after being convicted for contempt of court in a fraud case. Reich was born in Dobzau, now in the Ukraine, but then in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire. Soon after birth, the family relocated to Bukovina. His parents, Leon and Cäcilia, well-to-do farmers, were vehemently apostate Jews: they raised him and his brother as non-Jews, taught them only German, punished their use of Yiddish expressions, and forbade them from playing with local Yiddish-speaking children—all in vain, however, for as an adult Reich operated in an overwhelmingly Jewish milieu. His childhood may explain his—shall we say, 'colourful'—career: his younger sister died an agonising death while still an infant, and Reich, according to his second daughter, was abused by a paedophile, which triggered an early and unhealthy obsession with sex. He recorded . . .


31 October 2014

Out Now: The Partisan by Fenek Solère

James Stevenson

The Partisan by Fenek SolèreWe have published a new novel on our fiction imprint.

The Fifth Republic

Son of a mudered activist during the Algerian War, the ambitious French Minister of Justice, Said Ben Hassi, dreams of a Pan-Eurabian Caliphate.

But his is not the post-colonial revanchism of a haunted man; it is the logical end product of decades of corrupt politics and misguided utopianism.

The old European establishment, weak and morally bankrupt, is impotent. The ancient French, victims of their own selfishness and nihilism, are fading, demoralised, and increasingly disenfranchised.


31 October 2014

Interview with Fenek Solère

Alex Kurtagic

The Partisan by Fenek SolèreAlmost every time I receive a communication from you, it has originated in an exotic location, and it seems you are more often in some far-flung place on the planet than Britain. Are you an adventurer, or do you have a very interesting job?

I am both an adventurer and an entrepreneur. Like an ever-increasing number of people attracted to our movement I have thrived in the modern world, in direct contradiction to the media portrayal of dissidents like ourselves as lonely bitter bachelors, sitting in their basements with no friends and no sexual outlet.

Over the course of my adult life I have lived and worked in London, France, St Petersburg, Kiev, San Francisco, Central Asia, and the Middle-East. I am not someone who can be castigated and mocked for being unsophisticated or parochial. My home is filled with art, books, and the numerous artifacts I have collected from all over the world.


9 October 2014

Forgetting Che Guevara (14 June 1928 - 9 October 1967)

Alex Kurtagic

Che GuevaraErnesto 'Che' Guevara finally died 47 years ago today. Guevara was a Marxist revolutionary, mass murderer, and guerrillaman, whose stylised visage has become synonymous with youth rebellion in the West, at once the symbol of the triumph and defeat of Marxist ideology. To date, Western Leftists and even UNESCO continue to venerate this man as a sort of secular saint.

Guevara was born in Argentina, the eldest of five children. His parents, Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna y Llosa were of Basque and Irish descent. Sadly, this upper-middle-class family was also enamoured with the political Left (a bourgois way to purchase virtue), and his father, a firm supporter of the Communists during the Spanish Civil War, even opened the family home to veterans of that conflict, so young Ernestito, who could have become a respectable physician and successful travel writer when grown up, never had a chance.


1 October 2014

Forgetting Eric Hobsbawm (9 June 1917 - 1 October 2012)

Alex Kurtagic

Eric HobsbawmEric Hobsbawm finally died two years ago today. He was a Marxist writer, apologist for Stalin, Communist propagandist, and professional liar, who plied his trade as an academic historian. Profusely eulogised by Britain's Left-leaning intellectuals, media, and political class, and obscenely rewarded for his labours, he was described in the British media as 'our greatest historian'. Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria, Egypt. His father, Leopold Percy Obstbaum, was an East London merchant of Polish Jewish descent. His mother, Nelly Grün, came from an middle class Austrian Jewish background. Leopold had already altered his surname to Hobsbaum when Eric was born, but a clerical error resulted in a futher alteration to Hobsbawm.


18 September 2014

Remembering Francis Parker Yockey (18 September 1917 - 16 June 1960)

Alex Kurtagic

Francis Parker YockeyFrancis Parker Yockey was born 97 years ago today. Yockey was an American political philosopher and author of Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics, a neo-Spenglerian work that sets forth a vision for Occidental resurgence. He has remained influential among critics of Western liberalism. Yockey was born in Chicago, son of a Louis Francis Yockey, an accountant, and Rose Ellen 'Nellie' Foley, daughter of the logging baron, James Foley. The youngest of four siblings, he had two sisters, Alice and Vinette, and an older brother, James. By ancestry he was largely Irish, except for his paternal grandfather, Valentine Yocky, who was originally from Bavaria. At the onset of the Great Depression, the Yockeys moved back to their base in Ludington, Michigan. Francis was enrolled in Ludington High School and proved a bright student, making the honour role. He was musically inclined, taking lessons first from O. W. Colvin and later from Ernst Lund Johnson, and in time giving piano recitals. He also participated in history debates organised by the school.


28 August 2014

Forgetting E. P. Thompson (3 February 1924 - 28 August 1993)

Alex Kurtagic

E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thomson died 11 years ago today. He was a theorist for the Communist Party of Great Britain, the founder of the Communist Party's Historians Group, and a Marxist historian, biographer, journalist, essayist, and campaigner. Edward Palmer Thompson was born in Oxford on 3 February 1924 and was the son of Edward John Thompson, a writer and poet. Young Edward's parents were Methodist missionaries. Educated at The Dragon School in Oxford and Kingswood School in Bath, Thompson left school in 1941 to fight in World War II, in which he served in a tank unit in the Italian campaign, taking part in the final battle for Cassino. After the war, he enrolled at Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge.


28 August 2014

Forgetting Shulamith Firestone (7 January 1945 - 28 August 2012)

Alex Kurtagic

Shulamith FirestoneShulamith Firestone was found dead two years ago today. A key figure in the break out of radical Second-Wave Feminism during the 1960s and 70s, she was a founding member of the New York Radical Women, Redstockings, and the New York Radical Feminists. Though it transpired afterwards that she suffered from a severe mental illness, her evil work, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution (1970), is still taken seriously today. Shulamith Firestone was born Shulamith Bath Shmuel Ben Ari Feuerstein from Orthodox Jewish parents living in Ottawa, Canada. After moving to the United States, her parents Americanised her surname while she was still a child. Raised in Kansas City and St Louis, she attended the Yavneh Rabbinical College of Telshe, in Wickliffe, Ohio, a leading Haredi institution of Torah study. She then attended . . .


21 August 2014

Forgetting Leon Trotsky (7 November 1879 - 21 August 1940)

Alex Kurtagic

Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky died 74 years ago today. He was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet commissar, first leader of the Red Army, and founder of the Fourth International. Trotskyism, his theory of Marxim, involved support for a vanguard party of the working class, proletarian internationalism, the need for 'permanent revolution', and advocacy of a United Front of revolutionaries and workers throughout the world opposing capitalism and fascism. He was born Leiba Davidovich Bronstein on 7 November 1879. He was one of eight children. His parents, David Leontyevich Bronstein (1847–1922) and Anna Bronstein (1850–1910) were wealthy, middle-class Jewish farmers, based in Yanovka, which is now in southern Ukraine.


20 August 2014

Remembering H. P. Lovecraft (20 August 1890 - 15 March 1937)

Alex Kurtagic

H. P. LovecraftH. P. Lovecraft was born 124 years ago today. Though obscure and increasingly impoverished in his lifetime, he has since been recognised as one of the most influential writers of supernatural horror fiction in the 20th century. Lovecraft was born in 1890, into a conservative upper middle class family, in Providence, Rhode Island. His father, Winfield, was a travelling salesman, employed by Gorham & Co., Silversmiths, and his mother, Sarah, could trace her ancestry back to the arrival of George Phillips to Massachusetts in 1630. His parents married in their thirties. The young Lovecraft was talented, intellectually curious, and precocious, able to recite poetry by age two, and to read by age three. Growing up at a time when school was not compulsory, Lovecraft would not be enrolled in one until he was eight years of age and his attendance would be sporadic, possibly due to a nervous complaint and / or psychosomatic condition. But he was well ahead of his coevals in any event, having been exposed, and thereafter enjoyed ready access, to the best of classical and English literature. From Lovecraft’s perspective, this meant 17th and early 18th century prose and poetry, and, indeed, so steeped . . .


6 August 2014

Forgetting Theodor Adorno (11 September 1903 - 6 August 1969)

Alex Kurtagic

Theodor AdornoTheodor Adorno died 45 years ago today. He was a sociologist, cultural critic, musicologist, and a leading member of the Frankfurt School. He is associated with critiques of modern society, fascism, anti-Semitism, and the culture industry, and 64 years on he still taken seriously by Left-wing academics in Western universities. His writings strongly influenced the development of the New Left. Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund—also called Theodor Ludwig Adorno-Wiesengrund, Theodor Ludwig Adorno-Wellington, and Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno—was born on 11 September 1903, son of a singer and a wine merchant. His mother was a Corsican, and professed Catholicism; his father was an assimilated Jew who had converted to Protestantism. Said to have been a child prodigy, he enjoyed playing Beethoven on the piano aged 12. He also excelled in school, gratuading at the top of his class. Unfortunately, he was quickly led astray, for he had not even yet obtained his diploma when György Lucáks and Ernst Bloch poisoned his mind with their Marxist theories.


4 August 2014

Remembering Knut Hamsun (4 August 1859 - 19 February 1952)

Alex Kurtagic

Knut HamsunKnut Hamsun was born 154 years ago today. A Norwegian author, poet, dramatist, and social critic, he is considered one of the most innovative literary stylists of the twentieth century, pioneering psychological novels that used stream of consciousness and interior monologue. His writing influenced many 20th century authors, including Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Maxim Gorky, Stefan Zweig, Henry Miller, Hermann Hesse, and Ernest Hemingway. Hamsun was born Knut Pedersen Hamsund in Lom on 4 August 1859. He was the fourth son of seven children by Pedter Pedersen, a tailor, and Tora Olsdatter. The family was poor, and moved to Hamsund when Knut was three to farm his uncle's land.


30 July 2014

Supernatural Horror in Metal

Henry Akeley

H P LovecraftThe oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form. Against it are discharged all the shafts of a materialistic sophistication which clings to frequently felt emotions and external events, and of a naïvely insipid idealism which deprecates the æsthetic motive and calls for a didactic literature to “uplift” the reader toward a suitable degree of smirking optimism. But in spite of all this opposition the weird tale has survived, developed, and attained remarkable heights of perfection; founded as it is on a profound and elementary principle whose appeal, if not always universal, must necessarily be poignant and permanent to minds of the requisite sensitiveness. –H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature


29 July 2014

Forgetting Herbert Marcuse (19 July 1898 - 29 July 1979)

Alex Kurtagic

Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse, so-called 'Father of the New Left', died 35 years ago today. Marcuse was a philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist associated with the Frankfurt School of Social Research. He was born in Berlin in 1898 to Jewish parents, Carl Marcuse and Gertrud Kreslawsky. In 1916 he was draughted into the army, but he only worked the stables. Apparently fond of the horse manure, Marcuse's hatred for Germany manifested early: after the Great War, he got involved with communism, and became a member of the Soldier's Council, which participated in the Spartacist Uprising that involved Rosa Luxemburg's Communist Party. He then returned to education, and after completing his PhD at the University of Freiburg in 1922, he spent a spell working in publishing, before carrying on his studies at Freiburg under Edmund Husserl (the founder of phenomenology). He wrote a Habilitation under Martin Heidegger, and at first he sought to synthesise Heidegger's ontology with Marxism, but Heidegger's support for the National Socialists got in the way.


16 July 2014

Remembering Roald Amundsen (16 July 1872 - 18 June 1928)

Alex Kurtagic

Roald AmundsenRoald Amundsen was born 142 years ago today. Amundsen was a Norwegian polar explorer, best known for leading the first expedition to reach the South Pole. Roald Amundsen was born into a family of shipowners and captains in Borge, south-eastern Norway. The fourth son in the family, and inspired by Fridtjof Nansen's crossing of Greenland and Franklin's lost expedition, he craved a life of exploration in the arctic wilderness, but his mother wanted him to avoid the maritime trade and made him promise to become a doctor instead. He kept his promise until she died, when he was 21 years of age. At that point, he promptly left university and set out for life at sea.


13 July 2014

Forgetting Jean-Paul Marat (24 May 1743 - 13 July 1793)

Alex Kurtagic

Death of MaratJean-Paul Marat died 227 years ago today. He is best known for his role as a murderous journalist and inflammatory pamphleteer during the French Revolution. He was linked to the Jacobins, of course, the most extreme and wild-eyed egalitarian groups of this period. Marat was born in the Principality of Neuchâtel, now a French-speaking canton of Western Switzerland. He was the son of Louise Cabrol, a French Huguenot, and Giovanni Mara, an Italian immigrant from Sardinia, who converted to Calvinism while living in Geneva. The 't' was added later, to make the surname seem more French. Before Geneva his father had lived in the village of Boudry, where he worked in manufacturing. It seems that while there Louise and even young Jean-Paul created a great deal of enmity, to the point that Giovanni was forced to move the family. The following letter, addressed to Jean-Paul's mother in 1768, is suggestive: . . .


11 July 2014

Remembering Carl Schmitt (11 July 1888 - 7 April 1985)

Alex Kurtagic

Carl SchmittCarl Schmitt was born 126 years ago today. He was a German jurist, philosopher, and political theorist, who wrote on the effective exercise of political power. As such, he has proven one of the most important 20th-century figures in legal and political theory. Though he was active in National Socialist Germany, and theorised the legal and political basis for the authoritarian state, his influence has been strong among Left-wing intellectuals, such as Walter Benjamin, Jürgen Habermas, Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, and Slavoj Žižek. The classical liberal Friedrich Hayek and the conservative Leo Strauss were also influenced by Schmitt.


11 July 2014

Carl Schmitt's The Concept of the Political

Michael O'Meara

Carl SchmittThe political addresses the state in its highest manifestation as the agent of its inner peace and outer security. Only after liberal society reformed the state — to enable private individuals to maneuver for positions of power and influence, once particular interests superseded the polity’s collective interest — did politics and the political begin to diverge.  (In the Unites States, the first liberal state, politics was a business from the very beginning). The political for Schmitt is thus not about what is conventionally thought of as politics, but rather about those situations, where the state (“the political status of an organized people in an enclosed territorial unit”) is separate from and above society, especially in situations when it is threatened with destruction by a superpersonal movement or entity and must therefore act to defend itself and the community it is dedicated to defending.


7 July 2014

Forgetting Max Horkheimer (14 February 1895 - 7 July 1973)

Alex Kurtagic

Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer died 41 years ago today. Director of the Institute of Social Research from 1930 till 1953, Horkheimer was a leader of the Frankfurt School, a group that became identified with Critical Theory, a wholly speculative concoction blending Marxism and Freudian psychoanalysis. Horkheimer was born into a conservative, wealthy family of orthodox Jews. His father, Moritz, was a prosperous businessman, owning several textile factories. Mortiz expected his son to succeed him, and from 1910 prepared Max for a career in business. Max, however, met Friedrich Pollock at a dance soon after. Pollock had been brought up by a father who had turned away from Judaism. In his history of the Frankfurt School, Rolf Wiggerhaus tells that this gave an impetus towards Max's gradual 'emancipation from his generally conservative background'. With Pollock he read . . .


29 June 2014

Remembering Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (29 June 1883 - 1 May 1950)

Alex Kurtagic

Lothrop StoddardAmerican historian, journalist, anthropologist, and eugenicist Theodore Lothrop Stoddard was born 131 years ago today. A popular author and journalist until World War II, he was the author of 18 books, most published by a prestigious New York Publisher, Charles Scribner, including, The French Revolution in San Domingo (1914) and The Revolt Against Civilization (1922), of which we published new, annotated editions in 2011. Stoddard was the archetypical product of ivy-league education in the old United States. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, studied law at Boston University, and obtained a PhD in history from Harvard University, later published as the aforementioned book on San Domingo (Haiti).


20 June 2014

The Fourth Estate

Aleksandr Dugin
(Translated by Michael Millerman)

None of the words we use in the course of social and political discussions and analyses is ideologically neutral. Outside of ideology entirely, such words lose their meaning. And it is not possible to determine one’s attitude toward them unambiguously, since the content of any expression is shaped by context and semantic structures, a kind of operational system. When we live in a society with an obvious ideology, openly maintained as the dominant one, things are clear enough. The significance of words flows directly from the ideological matrix, which is instilled through upbringing, education, and instruction and is supported by the active ideological apparatus of the state. The state forms a language, defines the meaning of discourse, and sets—most often through repressive measures, broadly understood—the limits and moral tint of the basic collection of political and sociological concepts and terms.


12 April 2014

Remembering Jonathan Bowden (1962 - 2012)

Alex Kurtagic

Jonathan BowdenJonathan Bowden was born 52 years ago today. He was an author, artist, intellectual, and political figure in the United Kingdom, considered by some to have been the best orator in the English-speaking world of the last one hundred years. He died on 29 March 2012, aged 49 (see my obituary here). A Nietzschean, he was a proponent of elitism, power morality, and aesthetic modernism. At the same time, he possessed a Gothic sensibility and was an insightful cultural analyst of popular forms such as comics, graphic novels, cinema, and heroic and horror fiction. He was highly unusual as a British intellectual: while most thinkers from these isles are pragmatists and suspicious of theory, Jonathan drew from Continental philosophy. He perceived his rôle as that of a revisionist, his mission being to recuperate, reinterpret, and recast Western cultural forms emphatically from an elitist perspective, in order so that, amidst the ruins of this age of egalitarianism and liberal decline, a powerful counter-cultural proposition may arise, rooted in notions of strength, pride, heroic vitalism, Faustian adventurism, and tradition. Crucially, he saw tradition never as conservative but as a endless renewal and reaffirmation.


8 April 2014

Available Now: Jonathan Bowden's Demon!

Alex Kurtagic

Jonathan Bowden's DemonBetween the late 1970s and the early 1990s, Jonathan Bowden wrote 27 books, about which almost nothing was known until after his death. Combining cultural criticism, with memoir, with high journalism, with selected correspondence, these texts belong to no particular genre, the prose being allowed to roam where it may, drawing from many strands, finding unexpected links, and collecting shrewd insights along the way. More than anything, they are exercises in exploration and self-clarification, wherein one will find, as work in progress, many of the themes that would later emerge in his orations. The Jonathan Bowden Collection aims at making these obscure texts readily available for the first time, complete with annotations and indeces, so that they may be studied and / or enjoyed by present and future generations interested in the dissidents who were on the margins of British intellectual life in our troubled times.


20 February 2014

John Christopher's The Death of Grass

Alex Kurtagic

John Christopher's The Death of Grass (2009; 1957)John Christopher (1922 - 2012) was a British science fiction author from Lancashire, credited with about 70 novels, written under either his real name (Christopher Samuel Youd) or his eight pseudonyms. Many of his novels are (post-)apocalyptic, following the world-in-ruins pattern; those after 1966 were aimed largely at adolescents. Popular during the 1950s and 1960s, he later fell out of favour and his books are now mostly out of print. The Death of Grass, first published in 1957, was loosely adapted to film in 1970 and re-published by Penguin Books in 2009. The premise is that an unconquerable, mutant plant virus (Chung-Li) kills off all grass speciesaround the world. This means not just lawn grass, but also all forage grasses and cereal grain crops, on which both animals and humans depend. The disappearance of grasses decimates the global food supply within months, sowing death by starvation on an apocalyptic scale. The virus originates in China and inexorably moves across Asia, towards Europe, and, ultimately, the United Kingdom, where the narrative unfolds.


15 February 2014

Remembering Ernest Shackleton
(15 February 1874 - 5 January 1922)

Alex Kurtagic

Ernest ShackletonAnglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton was born 140 years ago today. In 2014 he seems better remembered than his former expedition leader and rival, Robert Falcon Scott, whose Antarctic expeditions were more successful, and who enjoyed fame as a tragic hero for many years after his death in 1912. Those who are aware of my interest in Antarctica will have noticed that I have so far not paid attention to Shackleton, except where I reviewed Lennard Bickel’s book (Shackleton's Forgotten Men) telling the less-known story of the Aurora party in Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917. This is probably because my awareness of Antarctic explorers began with the 1948 film, Scott of the Antarctic, which is based largely on the book (The Worst Journey in the World) by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, one of the younger members of Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-1913.


4 February 2014

Remembering John Robison (4 February 1739 - 30 January 1805)

Alex Kurtagic

John RobisonJohn Robison was born 275 years ago today. Professor Robison was a Scottish physicist and mathematician, who taught philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and was the first General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburg. Inventor of the siren, and collaborator with James Watt on an early steam car, Robison is significant to our purposes because in his later life he also wrote Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the secret meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati and Reading Societies (1797), the founding text of the conspiracy theory of history in the English language. His book had an analogue in Augustin Barruel's Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, published in French at the same time, and arriving at the same conclusions (the two worked independently, unaware of each other until their books were published), but only appearing in English translation a year later.


18 January 2014

Remembering Sir Henry Morton Stanley (18 January 1841 - 10 May 1904)

Alex Kurtagic

Henry Morton StanleySir Henry Morton Stanley (born John Rowlands), was born 173 years ago today. Sir Henry was one of the great explorers of Africa in the Victorian era, along with Richard Burton, John Speke, Samuel Baker, James Grant, and Stanley's inspiration, David Livingstone. In his day, central Africa was a big unknown: the map for this region was a blank. Stanley authored a number of books:


14 January 2014

Yukio Mishima

Kerry Bolton

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima was born into an upper middle class family in 1925. Author of a hundred books, playwright, and actor, he has been described as the “Leonardo da Vinci of contemporary Japan,” and is one of the few Japanese writers to have become widely known and translated in the West. Since World War II, the West has forgotten the Shadow soul of Japan, as Jung would have termed it, the collective impulses that have been repressed by ‘Occupation Law’ and the imposition of democracy. The Japanese are seen stereotypically as being overly polite and smiling business executives and camera snapping tourists. The emphasis has been on the soft counterpart of the Japanese psyche, on the “chrysanthemum” (the arts) as Mishima puts it, and the repression of the “sword” (the martial tradition). The American anthropologist Ruth . . .


14 January 2014

Yukio Mishima Speaking in English or with English Subtitles

Alex Kurtagic

Yukio MishimaWhat follows is collection of YouTube videos featuring Yukio Mishima either speaking in English or with English subtitles. There are four videos: three interviews and one speech with autobiographical content.

  • Interview with Yukio Mishima. In Japanese with English subtitles (press cc button).
  • Yukio Mishima speaking In The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan/FCCJ.
  • Yukio Mishima interviewed in English on a range of subjects including Hara-Kiri.
  • Rare 1969 interview with Yukio Mishima in English.


8 January 2014

Remembering Anthony Ludocivi (8 January 1882 - 3 April 1971)

Alex Kurtagic

Anthony LudoviciBritish philosopher, sociologist, and social critic Anthony Mario Ludovici was born 132 years ago today. Though he wrote on many subjects, including art, metaphysics, politics, economics, religion, differences between sexes, race, and eugenics, Ludovici is best known for being a proponent of aristocracy. Perhaps not surprisingly, he was at first an artist (as book illustrator) and a student of Nietzsche. With Nietzsche and Art, published in 1911, he was said to have attempted a history of art in terms of rising aristocratic and decadent democratic epochs.


7 January 2014

When Gods Hear the Call: The Conservative-Revolutionary Potential of Black Metal Art

Olena Semenyaka

I. Black Metal: a Subculture or a Counterculture? Methodological Foundations

Nargaroth - Black Metal ist KriegBlack Metal shares the fate of all complex and multifaceted phenomena that transcend their narrow genre identities and, similar to Hegel’s philosopher who is able to “grasp an era through thought,” are always ahead of their time, either by affirming, or by totally rejecting the spiritual foundations of the time period in which they live. Both require an ability to examine it from a distance. As the unquestionable product of Modernity, Black Metal paradoxically issues a death sentence to the Modern world. The latter is the case not only with respect to contemporary Christianity: it is the antithesis to everything that is believed to be of any value for an average representative of today’s Western society: from the conventional notions of the good and the beautiful to the metaphysical Being itself. In other words, Black Metal, at a glance, is the very embodiment of an active-nihilistic phase in a metaphysical process of transvaluation of all values heralded by Friedrich Nietzsche. This is the second reason why Black Metal is mostly defined apophatically, that is to say, from negation. I have already mentioned the first reason for this: despite Black Metal’s prevalent description as a subculture, it is more accurate to define it as a counterculture the goal of which is to terminate the entire Modern era.


5 January 2014

The Wild Boar and the Bear

René Guenon

Wild Boar Cave SculptureAmogst the Celts, the wild boar and the bear symbolise respectively spiritual authority and temporal power, that is to say, the two castes of the Druids and Knights, the equivalents, at least originally and in their essential attributes, of the Brahmins and the Kshatriyas. This symbolism in origin clearly Hyperborean, is one of the marks of the direct connection between the Celtic tradition and the primordial tradition of the present Mahayuga (cycle of four "yugas" or ages) whatever other elements from previous but already secondary and derivative traditions may have come to be added to this main current and be, as it were, reabsorbed into it. The point to be made here is that the Celtic tradition could well be regarded as constituting one of the "links" between the Atlantean and Hyperborean traditions, after the end of the secondary period when this Atlantean tradition represented the predominant form and became the "substitute" for the original centre which was already inaccessible to the bulk of humanity.[2] As regards this point also, the very symbolism we have just mentioned can provide some not uninteresting evidence.


4 January 2014

Troy Southgates' Nazis, Fascists, or Neither?

Gil Caldwell

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!

Troy SouthgateFor nationalists living in Britain during the 1980s and early 1990s the above quote of Wordsworth doubtless rings true. It was then that, as the electoral endeavors of nationalists nosedived and the numbers of their assorted party’s members shrank, the movement engaged in some very significant ideological clarifications and self analysis. This led, as often does when folks think seriously about their ideals, into very heavy internecine warfare, producing, in a relatively short time, several tiny groups, where once there had been one, the National Front. The story of that tale of ferment and fragmentation has been ably told in the pages of this journal by Peter Rushton. Minus Rushton’s sympathy, the leftist historian Larry O’Hara has also, in various forums, dissected, with reasonable neutrality, those turbulent times. Now, Troy Southgate, a participant in many of those struggles, first, as a follower and, eventually as a creative writer and thinker, has chosen to scrutinize one aspect of the varied ideologies of that surge of original political theory.


1 January 2014

The Year 2014: Plans and Projects

Alex Kurtagic

2014 New Year's CelebrationsThe 1 January is my favourite date in the calendar. It represents possibility, orderliness, pristine logic—all unsullied by messy, unreliable, wobbly and topsy turvy practical reality. At the same time, it is a time of raw brutal energy, formal renewal, and prospects limited only by the imagination. By the end of 2013 Wermod and Wermod completed its fifth year of existence. It must be said that, due to my being involved in so many different projects, several outside publishing, I would have liked to have published more and for . . .


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