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Let’s Scare the Oligarchs to Death

“With the rebellion of 1934, the Left lost every shred of moral authority to condemn the rebellion of 1936.” --Salvador de Madariaga “Let us not deceive ourselves, a country can live under a monarchy or a republic, with a parliamentary or a presidential system, under communism or fascism. But it cannot live in anarchy.” —Gil Robles These two men, representing the left and right, both agreed on the same principle: the Second Spanish Republic was a nightmare that deserved to be redone or gutted

Reflections On A Year of Thermidor, And The Road Ahead

A Year In Review A little over a year ago I started Thermidor Magazine, with a vague plan and a few friends and no idea whether or not we'd be able to get past the first month without everything crashing and burning. Yet somehow, in spite of many missteps (most of them mine) Thermidor has managed to vastly exceed my, and anyone else's, expectations. Since we started we've published hundreds of pieces on a vast array of topics by some of the best and most interesting writers on the Right. Content

The Great British Mistake

The editors of Thermidor are not known to be big fans of the “Eternal Anglo.” It is easy to see their point—Great Britain, as the preeminent liberal superstate of the 19th century, did more to export capitalism, democracy, and other modernist cancers than any other state. In many ways, the United States picked up Britain’s international “burden” in 1945, and thus we have an Americanized, neoliberal world. However, despite this history, there is much to celebrate about the Anglo--his culture, hi

Stately Bawdiness: The Poetry of Catullus

Having covered some of the great Greek poets, including Hesiod and Sappho, it’s time to move on to some of the Romans. With the Greeks, I tried to approach their literature roughly in chronological order, but here I’ll begin in the late Republic with Catullus. He’s among the Classical world’s most popular poets, at least among those who don’t, like Homer, have the mixed blessing of being frequently assigned to bored high schoolers, and perhaps the best way to introduce Catullus and see why is to

Thermidor Hatemail Vol 2: "You Are Despicable"

Editor's note: this is the full, unredacted text of an email I found in my inbox today. Dear Thermidor Magazine, I am an American Internet user of Irish descent. I stumbled across your site while doing some research on Twitter relating to the Catalan independence movement, which I support with all my heart and soul. I read your incredibly hateful article on Catalonia. I have to say it - you are Nazis. You are fucking imperialist and Islamophobic Nazis and your worldview is just like that of Adol

First Things Bombshell Stirs Up Catholic Web

A recent piece at First Things by Fr. Romanus Cessario dredges up the 19th century case of Edgardo Mortara living under the Papal States. Born to a Jewish family, as an infant Edgardo became ill and his nanny secretly baptized him without parental consent (which is not necessary to acquire in cases of near-death emergency, according to canon law). After having recovered from his illness, Pope Pius IX arranged for the child to be removed from his home and raised and educated by the Catholic Churc

Sweden is a Blast

There is no reason to rehash talk about ABBA, Volvo, or sunbathing nude blonds. Sweden isn’t Sweden anymore, and the reason is because of immigration. This is cold coffee insofar as the right-wing media is concerned. Similarly, most consumers of reactionary or conservative content know that Sweden’s rape statistics are among the highest in the developed world. Yes, it is true that Sweden’s extremely liberal definitions of “rape,” a consequence of decades of feminist, social democratic programmi

Scientifically Historicizing Progress

A 2006 essay by Ralph Seliger, himself a left-liberal Zionist, remains one of the best article overviews of the oft-cited relationship between neoconservatism and Trotskyism. Its stated purpose is to debunk the "Jewishness" of the neoconservatives, but the author's retelling of events that he was sometimes a first-hand witness to speak for themselves. Unlike virtually everyone else, I don't regard neoconservatism by itself as ever having been a significant phenomenon. It's nothing more than the