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Book Reviews


The White Nationalist Manifesto

by Dr. Greg Johnson

Published by Counter-Currents Publishing Ltd. 2019; ISBN: 9781940933634; 150 pages; Available in Hardcover: $25.00 (add $5 for US postage, or $10.00 for overseas postage; or in Paperback: $10.00 (add $5.00 for US postage or $10.00 for overseas postage, or as an E-book: $3.00; or as an Audiobook (17 mp3 files, 4 hours, 20 minutes): $5.00; From Counter-Currents Publishing, Ltd. P.O. Box 22638, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA. Or online from www.counter-currents.com or www.amazon.co.uk.

Everyone sympathetic to immigration restriction has been called a “white nationalist” by both lazy reporters and the various witch finders they rely upon as sources. It would be nice if some of these same reporters and “watchdog” groups would engage the arguments for immigration restriction, but that doesn’t seem possible given the state of modern journalism.
One person who is indeed a white nationalist is Dr. Greg Johnson, a philosopher, writer and editor of the Counter-Currents website. It is the philosophical home of the “North American New Right” or “Dissident Right” as it is sometimes called. One of the main themes of Counter-Currents is that it shows how many thinkers, artists, poets and writers of the past would certainly be in the Dissident Right if they were alive today.
Johnson’s The White Nationalist Manifesto is only 143 pages, but in it he lays out what White nationalism is, what it isn’t, what it seeks to accomplish and why it is likely the future of politics in most Western nations. White nationalism is essentially identity politics for White people. Johnson explains:
“White identity politics, at a minimum, means that whites think of ourselves as members of an ethnic group, with collective interests, and defend those interests against conflicting groups in the political realm.”
But why the need for white identity politics? Johnson believes the current system is not just discriminatory and harmful to Whites, but that it will lead to their eventual extinction. Indeed, the first two chapters of the book are titled “White Extinction” and “White Genocide.” Whites are not only declining as a percentage of the population in the US and virtually every other white nation, but their fertility rates are below replacement. Combined with mass non-White immigration, this puts Whites everywhere on the road to eventual extinction and possible genocide. He writes of the situation in the US:
“Authoritative voices declare that White demographic decline is inevitable and hail it as a triumph of racial justice. Multiculturalists try to paint a rosy picture of a rainbow tinted future in which whites are a minority. But Whites are increasingly skeptical. Leftists and non-Whites are already partying like it is 2042, [the year Whites are predicted to officially become a minority in the US] openly gloating about White decline and even extinction, eager to dance on the grave of White America. It is increasingly obvious that these people really hate us. If White Americans want to see what life is like as a despised minority in a majority non-White society, they need only look at South Africa today, which was also touted as a rainbow nation.”
Since Whites have no future in the current US (and other White nations) they are acting destructively. White life expectancy is declining. Drug use, overdoses, loneliness and suicides are up. Many Whites are failing to marry and have children, instead turning to short-term hedonism such as drinking, drugs, casual sex and video games. White decline is obviously not just a physical phenomenon of fewer Whites. It is having drastic spiritual consequences as well, and not unlike the pathologies which have long afflicted American Indians.
So, what is the goal of White nationalism? In short, the restoration or creation of White homelands. These would be nations run by and for White people. Immigration control would, of course, be a major part of this. But many White nations are already inhabited by millions of non-Whites. What happens to them?

Greg Johnson speaking at the Scandza Forum

Johnson is critical of the literature of William Pierce and Harold Covington, which portrays White homelands being created through terrorism and race war. He believes ethnostates can happen by simply having non-Whites leave white nations and return to their homelands. Millions of non-Whites come to our nations each year. Why can’t they simply make the journey back? He notes there is no hurry. These transfers can take place over years or even decades. Elderly non-Whites of non-child-bearing age can stay, and territory can be set aside in places like the US and Australia for natives and the descendants of slaves.
Can Whites live with such a scenario? Johnson notes that they live with it now, only as the victims of ethnic cleansing:
“For two or more generations now, Whites have been subjected to mass ethnic cleansing in our homelands. Millions of Whites have changed homes, schools and jobs millions of times because of the end of racially segregated neighborhoods, schools and businesses and the influx of millions of non-White immigrants who have destroyed White neighborhoods, schools and jobs, forcing White families to move elsewhere in search of ‘better’ (i.e. whiter) places to live and work. Despite the enormous human and financial costs of this ethnic cleansing, Whites have been ‘living with it’ quite well.”
What of non-Whites who are deported? They are simply going back to their own racial homelands. Since we are routinely told that non-Whites “enrich” White societies, what is wrong with them returning to enrich their own homelands? Johnson doesn’t make the point, but many of these immigrants come from places in Africa and Asia where they kicked out millions of Whites during anti-colonial movements and wars.
Johnson believes that most of the social pathologies that afflict Whites will be reversed once Whites again see a future for themselves in their own homelands, where they are valued, wanted and protected.
Given political realities, how do we get to a position where White nationalism is feasible? Johnson admits it will not be easy:
“Currently, the most powerful political taboo in the entire White world is against White identity politics. Just as establishment parties of the Left and Right are united in their commitment to multiculturalism and identity politics for non-Whites, they are equally united in their opposition to identity politics for White people.”
He advocates metapolitics, by which he means non-political preconditions of political change. This would involve things such as educating Whites to the dangers they face in multiracial societies and organizing a real-world community (which is now primarily a disparate online movement). He gives the example of The Frankfurt School in Europe, which attained cultural hegemony throughout the West without firing a shot.
Of course, this sort of change is easier said than done. But current events are pointing to the eventual rise of White nationalism. Johnson believes this is inevitable. He cites the emergence of Trump, Le Pen, Salvini and Orban as well as the success of Brexit. Though it happened after the book was written, he can now also point to the success of the “yellow vests” in France. He could also note the rise of the alt-right in 2015. Seemingly out of nowhere, a small online movement with no money or real leadership took over social media, helped elect Trump and dethroned National Review style conservatism as the true voice of the right-wing in America.
The White Nationalist Manifesto deals with many of the usual questions and objections about this topic. Who counts as White? What about different White nationalities who want to remain distinct from other Whites? How do we prevent infighting about issues such as abortion, gun-rights and taxes? Johnson has clearly thought through these issues.
In terms of the necessity of an ethnostate, older White nationalists traditionally have not stressed this as the main solution. Instead, they have argued for simply defending the rights of Whites qua Whites in their current nations while implementing strict immigration controls. Interestingly, Jared Taylor, perhaps the leading White nationalist in the US, would seem to disagree with Johnson on these two issues.
The White Nationalist Manifesto ends on a positive note:
“Anti-White ethnic cleansing can only be maintained by lies and moral blackmail – and, when these fail, by intimidation and outright violence. One can flout reality for a long time, as long as you can make sure other people pay the price. But eventually, multicultural regimes lose their strength through division and chaos and their legitimacy through lies and broken promises.
“By contrast, since White Nationalism is in harmony with reality, our strength will only grow, because we understand that it arises from racial and ethnic unity, and our credibility will only grow, because it is based on speaking the truth. Indeed, because the best evidence of our superiority will be provided by the system itself, White Nationalism will in essence feed off the system’s decline.”
Even readers who are not White nationalists will benefit from reading this thought-provoking book. If nothing else, they will at least be prepared for what the future holds in many Western nations.

Reviewed by James Knight, Fairfax, Northern Virginia – First published in Heritage and Destiny magazine issue #96 (May/June 2020)


Bad Students not Bad Schools

by Robert Weissberg

Published by Transaction Publishers, 2010  ISBN: 978-1-4128-1345-7, 303pp (Hardcover). Available for $39.95 from Transaction Publishers, 35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042 or online from www.transactionpub.com  Or from www.amazon.co.uk for £36.05

This is not a book with a happy ending. Yes, the author does try to outline how change may yet come, although he is far from convinced of its possible achievement. And, so, what we have before us is largely a lament, albeit, a lucid diagnostician’s lament. It makes for painful reading, this 300-plus-page dirge on the state of education in America and, by implication, throughout the West where contemporary American dogmas hold power. But read it we must if there is to be any hope of understanding what has befallen us and might still be done to save our descendants from the follies we have unleashed upon them.
Bad Students Not Bad Schools describes in excruciating detail the perfect storm that has hit public and private education in America over the last sixty or so years. It is a storm with two primary elements. First, there was the triumph of what used to be referred to as “progressive education”, with its abandonment of standards and discipline, choosing to forever focus on making youngsters “feel good”.
This methodological change was then followed by the racial integration of America’s schools and the growth through immigration and differential birth rates of its non-white populations. Thus, the radically changed conception of what a school is came to dominate, just as the very identity of the students was being altered.
According to Robert Weissberg, himself a retired university professor, each of these changes fed on the other. Since the non-whites seemed doomed to academic under-achievement, the very notion of standards has been and continues to be shelved. A increasing tendency to coddle, when schools were still largely white, has now become a tidal wave of psycho-babble as “self esteem” and “self image” have become the goal of “education” as opposed to the imparting of knowledge and skills of earlier generations.
The situation has been rendered most difficult to rectify in the author’s thesis. A vast bureaucracy of administrators, social workers, incompetent teachers and government overseers is staked in the process of ever lowering the few remaining standards. This is coupled with the “unquestionable” dogmatic credo of our mind-controllers – all races are the same in intelligence and aptitude. Thus we reach the “inescapable conclusions” that should different peoples perform differently on tests of either ability or knowledge then there are only two possible explanations: Either the tests are somehow wrongly constructed or the non-whites perform poorly because sufficient funding has not been given or appropriate methods discovered.
Further, even after the ever-increasing expenditures and the adaption of ever more bizarre teaching and evaluating methods have been employed, yet  results still remain differentiated by race, we are still forbidden by the powers that be to conclude that intelligence might just be an inherited reality. The answer must lie in yet to be uncovered subconscious “racism,” the need for yet more funding and further lowering of standards.
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Hitler’s First War

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by Thomas Weber

Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, September  2010, ISBN 978-019-233-205, 450 pp., index, bibliography, 28  photographs, Hardback. Available for £20.00/$34.95 + postage from Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP. Or online at – www.oup.com

Adolf Hitler’s name will forever be remembered in connection with the Second World War, for reasons that are so obvious that they do not need explaining. But some two decades before the start of World War II Hitler had participated in another war — not as the Aryan warlord of Europe but as a humble German infantryman. Historian Thomas Weber has made Hitler’s earlier military career the subject of an in-depth investigation, which is as comprehensive as it is biased and wrong-headed.

The broad outline and highlights of Hitler’s war service are well-documented. In 1913, the year before the outbreak of the War, he had been scraping out a bare-bones existence as a street artist in the German city of Munich. But Hitler held Austrian rather than German citizenship, and was ordered to present himself to the Austrian army as a conscript. Hitler felt that the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Austro-Hungarian Empire was harmful to the interests of its German minority population, and he had no intention of serving in its army.

In February 1914, he was finally forced to submit to a medical examination prior to being drafted. Hitler was let off the hook, however, when the doctors decided that his health was too poor for military service. Later that year, the First World War broke out. Hitler had always been an enthusiastic German patriot — even if he was technically not a German citizen — and immediately petitioned the king of Bavaria (the German state in which he was residing) for permission to enlist. Permission was swiftly granted, and Hitler soon found himself in the First Company of Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment 16 (RIR 16), commonly known as the “List Regiment,” after its first commander, Julius von List. click here to continue review


Nazis, Fascists or Neither

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by Troy Southgate

Published by Wermod & Wermod Publishing Group,  2010, ISBN 978-0-9561835-2-1, soft back. Available for £14.99 + £1.00 postage (UK) or £2.51 (Europe) or £4.22 (Rest of World) from Wermod & Wermod, PO Box 1107, Shamley Green, GU5 0WJ, UK. Or online at – www.wermodandwermod.com

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

For 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. He seeks to understand, in as dispassionate a fashion as an actor in those dramas can muster, to what degree the groups of that time might be described as Fascist or Nazi.

The reader might well wonder to what end this task is being pursued? Surely, the left and their dutiful servants of the mass media have no interest in so profound and, above all, honest assessment of these questions. For them, anyone who is on, or has ever been on, the side of nationalism, in whatever form, is automatically labeled a Fascist or Nazi. The subtleties of ideas is of no interest to our would-be mind controllers. Labels are tossed about by them with the solitary goal of silencing debate.

On the other hand, though, nationalists who were involved in, or have studied the controversies and movements covered in Nazis, Fascists or Neither? will find much to ponder is Southgate’s research and analysis. And, to whatever extent, European men anywhere seek national or even communal renaissance, Southgate’s work will help them articulate what it is that they actually believe in.  click here to continue review


Terror on The Tube

terroronthetubePublished by Progressive Press, ISBN 1-61577-007-0 (paperback) 289pp. Available from ProgressivePress.com or from P.O. Box 126, Joshua Tree, California, 92252 for $17.95 or at www.amazon.co.uk for £17.77

As this issue of H&D went to press, the Inner West London Coroner’s Court was at last hearing the inquest into the July 7th 2005 London bombings – the worst terrorist atrocity on British soil – which killed 52 civilians in four separate attacks. On that morning, more than five years ago, three bombs exploded on London Underground trains, with a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. The explosions have been officially blamed on four suicide bombers. Three were Pakistanis living in Yorkshire; the fourth was a 19 year old Jamaican living in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, about fifty miles north of London.

A senior judge (Lady Justice Hallett) has been appointed as an assistant deputy coroner specifically for this inquest – similar to the procedure followed for other controversial deaths, including the Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed inquest conducted by Lord Justice Scott Baker in 2007-8. Fears that this might entail an establishment cover-up were partly dispelled in November 2010 when the Home Office and MI5 failed to secure secret hearings from which even the families of the victims would be excluded. The only previous official investigations of 7/7, by the Intelligence and Security Committee of the House of Commons, were largely based on secret hearings. click here to continue review


Archeofuturism

faye book coverArcheofuturism: European Visions of the Post-Castrophic age by Guillaume Faye

Published by  Arktos Media Ltd,  ISBN 978-190-716-6099 (paperback) 907166-1905 (hardback) 249pp. Available  from  Arktos Media Ltd, Jacob Christiansen Senholt, 11 Murray Street, Camden, London, NW1 9RE. or online at www.arktos.com. £17.00 soft back £26.00 hard back (plus postage). Translated by John B. Morgan

It was unkindly, but not altogether unfairly, said of the leading British Nationalist party of the 1970s that “its policy was ‘The Blacks’ and its ideology was ‘The Jews’”. The Movement in Britain may have moved on a little since then, but only the barrier of language has insulated us from an acute, and to this reviewer rather shameful, awareness of our poverty of political depth and thought compared to our nearest neighbours across the Channel in France.  Despite occasional visits to our shores many years ago by leading lights such as Alain de Benoist and Robert Steuckers, the ignorance of the English-speaking world of the nature and content of the intellectual ferment of the Nouvelle Droite (ND), the New Right, its insights and its internal debates, has been profound and almost complete.

No longer! This volume brings to the English-speaking world the ideas of one of the leading lights in this movement, Guillaume Faye, for which Arktos deserve our deepest thanks.

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Churchill: The Greatest Briton Unmasked by Nigel KnightChurchill: The Greatest Briton Unmasked

by Nigel Knight
Published by David and Charles, 2008; ISBN 13-978-0-7153-2855-2 384pp (hardback); ISBN 13-978-0-7153-2853-8 400pp (paperback)

It is ironic that during the recent Euro-election, the British National Party juxtaposed the image of Winston Churchill with photographs of WWII RAF fighter aircraft as the motif for its election campaign. The truth is that if Churchill had had his way he would have committed almost all Britain’s available fighter squadrons to saving France during the German invasion of that country. We would then inevitably have lost the Battle of Britain. Fortunately, the C-in-C of Fighter Command, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, a man of great foresight and courage, refused to let the squadrons go. The result was that despite the RAF’s numerical inferiority vis-à -vis the Luftwaffe, it won the Battle of Britain. It is indisputable that if that Battle had been lost, Britain would have lost the war. Sad to relate, no sooner than the Battle was won, Dowding was sacked, and he was never promoted a Marshal of the RAF as other, lesser chair-borne Air Marshals were… [Read The Full Review Here]
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Willis Carto and the American Far Right by George MichaelWillis Carto and the American Far Right

by George Michael
Published by University Press of Florida; ISBN 978-0-8130-3198-9; 341pp; Hardback

In his comprehensive new biography of Willis Carto, publisher of the Barnes Review and the American Free Press, Dr George Michael assesses his subject as “undoubtedly the central figure in the post-World War II American far right.” European readers will wonder how this can be so, since Mr Carto has neither stood for public office nor promoted a distinct interpretation of nationalist ideology, but it is clear from this book that to a very large extent the history of our movement in post-war America is the history of Willis Carto… [Read The Full Review Here]
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IQ and the Wealth of NationsIQ and the Wealth of Nations

by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen
Published by Praeger; ISBN 0-275-97510-X; 320pp; Hardback

From the spoutings of buffoons in red noses and ageing rock stars with their sundry Reliefs and Aids to hand-wringings in the media, it is impossible to miss the fact that wealth is unevenly distributed among the nations of the world. Close examination of the reasons for this is generally discouraged, beyond a general message that they are poor because we are rich and that Whitey must start his or her life by always finishing the least appetising vegetable matter placed on his or her plate, and later dig deep and endlessly into his or her pockets, for the sake of the poor Third Worlders… [Read The Full Review Here]
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Lynched by Frank BorzellieriLynched: A Conservative’s Life on a New York City School Board

By Frank Borzellieri
Published by Cultural Studies Press; ISBN 0-9780-9815-40719; 194pp; Softback

The hero – and that is a title Frank Borzillieri has well earned – and author of this book upheld those Eurocentric, civilized values Americans call “conservative” even if they would make Britain’s David Cameron curl up and gibber, in the Politically Correct Heart of Darkness that is the New York education system for eleven years. Not merely speaking out as a brave lone voice of sanity in the jungle of multiculturalist chaos but mobilising ever more popular support from the community as he did so… [Read The Full Review Here]

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Rivers of Blood: Why Enoch Powell Was Right!

45 years after Enoch Powell’s famous Birmingham speech warning Britons of the cataclysmic consequences of mass immigration, Saxonshieldwall analyses Powell’s message in the light of biblical prophecy and recent events.

This 22 page booklet is available from Amazon.


Movie Reviews

Wrath of the Titans

If the Greeks think things are tough in their country right now, Wrath of the Titans can provide ample solace that things were once a whole lot worse.
Click here to read the full review from Issue 50.

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The Way Back

A number of people have challenged the facts behind the novel that inspired Peter Weir’s The Way Back – it’s the story of a group of men who escaped a Soviet gulag in the 1940s and made their escape to India across more than four thousand miles on foot. Click here to read the full review from Issue 44.

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Robin Hood

Considering that the latest Robin Hood movie is an original story it’s ironic, I think, that leading man Russell Crowe is the oldest actor ever to portray the infamous English outlaw on the big screen.  Click here to read the full review from Issue 42.

 

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Centurion
UK Release – April 2010; Distributed by Pathé; Director Neil Marshall; Running time 97 minutes; Rated 15

Rome has had its sights set on Britain, but the Picts, a native people who use the terrain and bows and arrows to their advantage, have long stood in their way. Click here to read the full review from H&D Issue 41.

 

ValkyrieValkyrie
UK Release – January 2009; Produced by Christopher McQuarrie; Distributed by MGM; Director Bryan Singer; Running time 120 minutes; Rated 12A

After a long take off, Valkyrie finally takes flight as a thriller worth watching in its second half but still never soars very high. Thankfully, I only had to pop down to my local Odeon cinema in Preston’s docklands – accompanied by a couple of comrades from Woden’s Folk – to watch Bryan Singer’s long-awaited account of the near-miss assassination of Adolf Hitler… [Read The Full Review Here]

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CD Reviews

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MMXII by Killing Joke
The new MMXII album by the English post-Punk, New Wave, Industrial, neo-Gothic, Alternative Rock band Killing Joke is a welcome return to form by this influential music group, first formed in Notting Hill, West London back in 1978, by Jeremy ‘Jaz’ Coleman (vocals, keyboards), Kevin ‘Geordie’ Walker (lead guitars), Martin ‘Youth’ Glover (bass guitars) and ‘Big’ Paul Ferguson (drums and percussion).  I first saw Killing Joke on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops and Channel 4’s The Tube music programmes, with their hit single Love Like Blood. In the 1990s I corresponded with KJ’s O.D.I.C. (the Order of the Distant Island Charter) ‘fan club’, named after the mysterious Odic Force, the vital energy or life force permeating all Nature, discovered by Baron Karl Von Reichenbach in Germany during the mid-19th Century, and named after the God of Northern mythology, Odin.

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Somme - The Ulster-Scots Folk Orchestra - CD CoverSomme – The Ulster-Scots Folk Orchestra
Produced by the The Ulster-Scots Folk Orchestra

Another excellent CD by the Ulster Scots Folk Orchestra, this one commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.All through the CD is the theme ‘No more brothers wars’ which makes it is a ‘must get’ for those of us with an interest in our European history and culture, who don’t want to see brother killing brother ever again… [Read The Full Review Here]

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