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View from the Right, Volume II: Systems and Debates

Author(s): Alain de Benoist

A Critical Anthology of Contemporary Ideas

View from the Right, Volume II: Systems and Debates is a compendium of the essays of Alain de Benoist, the founder of the French New Right and one of the most vital and challenging intellectuals in the contemporary European scene. In excellent translation with copious footnotes, this collection of essays covers a startling range of political, religious, and sociological topics, addressing controversial issues and responding to a variety of interlocutors with razor-sharp wit and matchless erudition.

In this second volume of the View from the Right series, de Benoist brings his penetrating analysis to bear on democracy and Communism, gender roles and ecology, contemporary art and warfare, and historical figures as diverse as Georges Sorel, Arthur de Gobineau, Ernest Renan and Alexis de Tocqueville. Covering issues from Left to Right and back again, de Benoist tackles everything from the Catholic Church and the existence of God to euthanasia and the end of the world. The result is a fascinating and vivacious tour of impressive gamut, undertaken by one of the keenest, and bravest, minds of our times.

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Translator’s Preface


On Politics

  • The Great Political Ideas

  • The Concept of the Political

  • On Power

  • The Delineation of Political Science

  • The Elite Corps

  • The Origins of Communism

  • The Theory of Democracy

  • The Paradoxes of the Majority

  • Geopolitics


  • From Clausewitz to Mao Zedong

  • Alexis de Tocqueville

  • Arthur de Gobineau

  • Ernest Renan

  • The French Socialists

  • Georges Sorel

  • Vilfredo Pareto

  • Gustave Le Bon

  • Alexis Carrel


The Religious Question

  • Does God Exist?

  • The Problematic of the Soul

  • History, Utopia and Religion

  • Teilhard de Chardin

  • A Challenged Catholic Church

  • The Communist Party of the Hereinafter

  • A Church in the Wrong

The Modern World

  • The Consumerist Society

  • Technology and Society

  • The City

  • The Ambiguities of Ecology

  • The End of the World?

  • When the Communists Are Seized with Virtuousness

  • The Status of Women

  • The Western Woman

  • Masculine and Feminine Social Roles

  • The Developing Woman

  • Men Amongst Their Own

  • On Euthanasia

  • Art and the ‘Anartists’

  • A Parallel History


  • Ideological Nuisances

  • Anti-‘Sinistrosis’

  • Angst

  • For the Sake of Intelligence, Happiness and Will

  • Against Love, Youth and Plebes

  • A Clear View of the Left

  • Neither Marx Nor Jesus

  • The Intellectual Party


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Arktos Media Ltd


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