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Fernando Pessoa’s Mystical Nationalism

“God wills, man dreams, the work is born.” The opening lines of Fernando Pessoa’s poem “Prince Henry the Navigator” invoke what Pessoa himself termed “mystical nationalism.” Like Pessoa himself, this term has various and multi-faceted meanings. On the one hand, a biographical note left behind by Pessoa defined a “mystical nationalist” as a man against Communism and Socialism. This man also holds views that are deeply “anti-reactionary.” How can this be, especially given Pessoa’s poetic odes t

1789 – The Long Romance Of Socialism And Liberal Democracy

The philosopher-historian par excellence of Western Civilisation, Oswald Spengler, noted that there is no proletarian, not even a communist, movement that does not serve the interests of ‘money’ and ‘in the direction indicated by money’. He pointed out that this is so because ‘socialism’ of the class struggle variety arises from the same Zeitgeist. Julius Evola said much the same. The correspondence of Marx with Engels and others shows how thoroughly bourgeois Marx yearned to be. The distraction

From The Ashes Of Postmodernism, A New Sincerity?

The last few years may be, in the minds of later historians, the peak of the postmodern worldview. Postmodernism’s chief tools are irony, metafiction, and word games; to paraphrase David Foster Wallace (himself a postmodern writer) the basic premise is that we are reading a text, the text itself is aware it is a fictional story, and by extension the real world is a text we, or some authority, can manipulate. Kurt Vonnegut’s work provides a wealth of examples, particularly his narration in Slaugh

Liberalism: The God With No Name

God and morality are two ideas that don't have a very good reputation in contemporary society. Popular author and Very Famous Scientist Richard Dawkins offers a curt statement of the orthodox Liberal view of God: The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential,

After The London Attack, More Submission

Islam strikes at the heart of Europe again. It doesn't matter how frequent or how devastating they are, we know this for certain: Islamic terror attacks do not have the power to awaken Europe from its suicidal slumber. Or at least not Europe's elites. The rumblings of a revitalized nativist right-wing are fueled largely by anti-immigration and anti-Islam sentiment among the masses. Responses to the statement 'All immigration from Muslim countries should be halted' in a recent Chatham House surve

Michael Brendan Dougherty's Paleocon Blues

Over at The Week, our friend Michael Brendan Dougherty isn't feeling very optimistic about the chances for Trump's domestic agenda or for those of Europe's Nationalist Right-Wing. As Dougherty sees it, the Neoliberal Internationale's inner defenses have now been fully activated, with their army of hacks, sycophants, and timeservers now running interference against Trump's attempts at domestic reform: President Trump and other populist nationalists are finding out that victory doesn't mean car

A Cultural Phenomenology Of Urban Exploration.

In recent years, there has been a rather curious phenomenon on the internet of self-professed urban explorers sinking into the very large (or very small) depths of the decaying and forgotten urban wastelands of the Western World. With camera or go-pro in hand, they cover a wide variety of areas, often risking personal health and legal consequences to capture more material, go further into long-abandoned or seemingly untouched areas, and fuel the obsession of gazing into diverse sites from the pa

On Legitimacy And Republicanism

Legitimacy. Here is a principle that was once at the heart of politics, the guiding concept of the conservative order established by Metternich, Talleyrand, Castlereagh, von Gentz and others in the aftermath of the bloodshed and network of puppet states set up by Napoleon exporting the Reign of Terror to the continent. In an age where we all autonomous commonwealthmen, virtuous citizens of a republic constituted by equal contract, such a principle seems antiquated and irrelevant. Legitimacy here