The Iliad – After Dark

The history of the Trojan War, assiduously studied and thoroughly documented today, was passed down through the centuries not by academic text, but by oral tradition. The conduit for communication, rather than scholarly prose, was the campfire poetry best told in the Iliad by Homer, author of the other great Greek epic The Odyssey. How…

2021 – Year in Review

In terms of sheer drama and trauma, few years in recent memory compare to 2020, with the CoViD scare and BLM riots reaching worldwide. In 2021, by comparison, the past year was really more a continuation and consolidation of the last, as the Kyle Rittenhouse trial came to a surprising end, and the power elite…

The Crowd – A Study of the Popular Mind

The great upheavals which precede changes of civilization, such as the fall of the Roman Empire and the foundation of the Arabian Empire, seem at first sight determined more especially by political transformations, foreign invasion, or the overthrow of dynasties. But a more attentive study of these events shows that behind their apparent causes the…

Soviet Cybernetics – Red Plenty

“Cybernetics attempts to find the common elements in the functioning of automatic machines and of the human nervous system, and to develop a theory which will cover the entire field of control and communication in machines and living organisms.” -Dr. Norbert Wiener writing in The Scientific American. Taken slightly less literally, in communist Russia, central…

Timber Country

Since the early days of European colonization in North America, the great abundance of natural resources was apparent to settlers and their colonial sponsors alike. Timber was chief among these, as the tremendous size and unspoiled nature of the forests that spanned from Canada down through Florida provided fuel, building materiel, and a source of…

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race – After Dark

In the genre of horror literature, most plots revolve around the protagonists contending with a threat that is trying to kill them. In Thomas Ligotti’s works, however, the threat is not necessarily an external one, but that of existence itself. In his characteristically pessimistic way, Ligotti’s view is that with suffering outweighing the joys of…

Death Cast Down from the Proud Tower – James LaFond

In small societies, such as hunter-gatherers, warrior tribes, or rural farmers, honor and reputation form a large part of one’s personal stock and trade. In larger civilizations, however, where power is measured in money and influence, honor becomes an inconvenience to accumulating wealth for the unscrupulous. The last honorable man – in a society of…

Years of Lead

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Europe – particularly the Axis Power countries – was the prime battleground for dominance between the emergent superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union. Along with East and West Germany, Italy was similarly divided along ideological lines, with pro-American, typically business-oriented interests, pitted against mostly…

9/11

“All the democratic circles in America and Europe, in particular the Italian intelligence agency, know very well that the catastrophic attack was planned and carried out by the American CIA and Mossad, with the help of the Zionist world, to accuse the Arab countries and to persuade the Western powers to go into Iraq and…

Plato – After Dark

Philosophy is a subject many engage in casually during parties, pillow chat – or even podcasts. But philosophy as a discipline is a field reserved for those serious – or fortunate enough – to have the time to dedicate to it. Usually concerning the more fundamental questions of existence and society, in the most basic…

The Fall of Kabul

As the US officially draws down its presence in Afghanistan, the Taliban has wasted no time in reclaiming territory, forcing the American military to send in 5,000 marines to defend its Kabul embassy from becoming overrun. Meanwhile, the domestic war on ‘vaccine hesitants’ has brought about even more draconian measures on travel and employment. Tonight…

Olympia

Filmed in 1936 Berlin during the Olympic games, Leni Riefenstahl’s ‘Olympia’ showcased the German celebration of international competition and virtues of athletic performance, sportsmanship, and, despite what critics may claim – goodwill amongst nations and peoples. Controversy however was inevitable as the Second World War was just around the corner, and tensions between the great…