All right goyim, summer is here! Get ready for standard pool parties and of course, summer reading assignments. Here is a list of political and historical books I have found valuable and which could be considered part of an alt-right canon of sorts:
Patrick J. Buchanan, Suicide of a Superpower — Paleoconservative commentator Pat Buchanan has a number of titles dealing with American decline, but this one is the most relevant in my opinion. Much of his analysis of what is happening to the United States culturally and politically is very spot-on. The weakest point of the book is the emphasis on preserving the Christian identity of the United States, a statistical reality which will ironically survive the demographic changes Buchanan draws attention to elsewhere in the text. And considering how devoted the churches are to our colonization by the third world… He is still a very accessible author with good instincts about what is going wrong, but keep in mind that he gets to be a public figure because he stays just within the Overton window. Still a great read.
Guillaume Faye, Archaeofuturism — A French New Right author who I mentally refer to as William Fay, Guillaume Faye wrote Archaeofuturism almost twenty years ago. The book does not feel dated (except when he talks about 1980s far-right intellectuals in France and why they failed) and indeed many of his predictions are eerily correct, especially on Islamic terror (the book was published in 1998) and troubles in the Eurozone. The French perspective is particularly useful because they have no hangups about being critical of the United States, which is something we must be, and are based in Europe (obviously). If we are truly to build a nationalist order, the very American alt-right should remain informed of ideological developments in the homeland. Continental Europe and the Anglo-Saxon satellites have long seen the world very differently, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Faye’s zeal for European integration, an issue that remains deeply contentious.
David Hackett Fischer, Albion’s Seed — I have written about this very long book before and I cannot recommend it enough. Fischer’s opus describes how four main ethno-religious and regional migrations out of the British Isles in the colonial period laid the foundations for the early United States. The history itself is interesting—I always wondered why astrology was more popular among Southerners and now I know why—but perhaps more important is the bigger picture, which is that the people you settle a land with are central to the culture that is created on it. This sounds obvious but has been buried by postmodern ways of thinking. While Fischer is largely fair in his assessment of the four regional cultures, I do feel he has a preference for the Puritan and Quaker societies over the Southern and Appalachian ones. For a more contemporary, shorter, and slightly pozzed version of this work, see Colin Woodard’s American Nations, which breaks the US into a whopping 11 deracinated regional cultures.
Gregory Hood, Waking Up from the American Dream — This is the newest book on the list, and one I recently reviewed. Hood is one of the most talented writers on the alt-right, and this book collects many of his recent essays related to issues of White identity and American politics. Hood offers a well-needed identitarian criticism of the American Dream, the conservative movement, and civic nationalism.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Democracy: The God that Failed — I only read this book after becoming a nationalist, but for the meme value alone this fairly brief and often repetitive anarcho-capitalist treatise against democracy is worth a read. Hoppe represents the remnants of right-wing libertarianism, and as such emphasizes that we do not have to tolerate every sort of degeneracy foisted unto us by equality, or equality itself. Nor should we tolerate neighbors we didn’t ask for and which have no ties to our communities. An ever useful observation of the increasingly defunct libertarian movement, however, is that people respond to incentives, which is why Hoppe believes those who impugn society need to be threatened with physical punishment, if not physical removal. Looking ahead, Hoppe sees the Holy Roman Empire as a potential model for a disintegrating United States—an outcome of free cities and a loose affiliation of statelets is often overlooked by doomists. Interesting read even if you have no background in LARPy ancapistani fantasies.
Greg Johnson, New Right Versus Old Right — The flagship book of Counter-Currents, NROR is a succinct introduction to what the North American New Right is about, its metapolitical aims, and the importance of identity. With a philosopher’s attention to logic, Johnson makes his case premise by premise for why we need a homeland and why we aren’t villains for wanting one. Perhaps most importantly, Johnson addresses the issues of the failed Old Right that many overlook out of their contempt for our present situation.
Kevin MacDonald, Culture of Critique — No list would be complete without this formational text. McDonald provides one of the most well-researched and well-written takes on the JQ that’s ever been penned. Read it.
Benjamin Netanyahu, A Place Among the Nations — I know this sounds like a bizarre choice to include, but bear with me for a moment. This is a book written in defense of the world’s most maligned extant ethnostate and settler colony by one of the most successful right-wing nationalist politicians in history. Zionism is a lot of things to a lot of different people, but one thing it isn’t is a failure. There is a lot of quality rhetoric and framing here that is worth learning from and even appropriating. The combination of history, romanticism, ethnocentrism, logistical awareness, and personal commitment that inform the likudnik worldview are all important to its enduring success in Israeli politics.
T. Lothrop Stoddard, The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy — Almost nothing in this classic text is outdated. The predicted collapse of European imperialism, the rise of China and radical Islam, and the anticipated demographic pressure and migrations from the colored global south all came true. Another interesting facet of Rising Tide is that its narrative of Western decline predates WWII, which so many theorists tend to focus on. It was WWI that saw the huge use of colored levies in Europe and mass racial suicide first, both of which spiritually and materially broke Europe. Stoddard also makes the crucial distinction between rule and settlement of a territory, the idea of outer and inner dikes of our racial patrimony. A well-populated settler colony like the United States is an extension of Europe in a way that the British Raj was not. In our times, the outer dikes have been torn down and the inner dikes are undergoing the same process. If you read anything, read this.
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf — There aren’t many books which can lay claim to having altered the course of world history, but this is one of them. AH isn’t a particularly great writer either, but the observations, insights, tactics, and paradigms in here are worth looking at. And like any narrative which has transcended time and history there is an impulse for the reader to fit it to their own circumstances. One might argue that the Austria-Hungary and Weimar Republic that AH railed against have met their match in the United States, which seems to combine the worst traits of both, minoritization of the core nation and entrenched social and moral rot. No matter how much of Mein Kampf or its derivative NS you agree (or disagree) with, I think it will have an impact on how you view the crises of our era. Many on the alt-right find it useful to be familiar with cultural Marxism and its canon, but I think it also important to be familiar with what cultural Marxism is a reaction against, national socialism, which itself was a reaction to judaeo-bolshevism. This struggle has been going on for a long time.
And if I ever put out a book someday, I hope you read that too!