A good deal of what you find on Kali Tribune is based on observation of the proverbial signs of the times. However, we do some reading also. Herein you will find some important literary sources that serve as a theoretical foundation of our analysis.
Of course the list is a work in progress and will doubtless end up being a rather long one.
By clicking on the book image to the left you’ll be taken to Amazon via Amazon associates link. If you happen to buy the book through this link you’re also be directly contributing to Kali Tribune Treasury Department.
Augustin Barruel, Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism
Augustin Barruel’s classical work bearing, together with John Robison’s Proofs of Conspiracy, somewhat dubious honor of being the first conspiracy theory ever. The honor is dubious not because the thesis laid out in it is wrong, but because contemporary way of writing history outright rejects Barruel’s approach.
Is this warranted?
No, it isn’t. Conspiracy theory or idea of occult politics, as laid out in this book, has at least the same relevance as, say: hypothesis that the main causes of historical events such as French Revolution were psychological circumstance (sic!) of its main participants, which is quite in vogue explanation today. The idea behind conspirology proper is that the main driving force of history is the free will of active participants. This implication, usually rejected as wishful thinking, in fact implies a certain degree of moral relevance to everything historical agents do and re-introduces ethics in history research. The main causes of events are morally good or bad acts of free agents, therefore no one can hide behind “selfless and blind forces” or “psychological factors”.
While one has to be cautious when embracing this paradigm, it’s time to try it out again, don’t you think?
Aside from being a still relevant alternative depiction of the seminal historical event, its final volume is a painstaking exposition of history and teachings of Bavarian Illuminati, based on primary sources and conversations with persons involved or privy to this group, i.e. from the first hand experience.
You will find an exhaustive introduction into this work on Kali Tribune and, if you interest has been picked, why not read the book itself?
Of course, although Barruel was not considered “alternative” in his day, nowadays it is necessary to compare his approach with mainstream history and historiography. A good introduction, especially to get a feel of prevalent modern approach to the matter, would be Francois Furet’s French Revolution 1770 – 1814.
Giuseppe Mazzini, edited by Stefano Reccia, A Cosmopolitanism of Nations: Giuseppe Mazzini’s Writings on Democracy, Nation Building, and International Relations
Giuseppe Mazzini is a neglected political theorist and philosopher of occult politics – the politics based on the activity of secret societies. While there are a plethora of rumors about him around the Internet – and this is not surprising because he was a subject of wild speculation in his own day and age – his own writings collected in this book prove him to be, at least ideologically, pretty much the man Catholic Church and Austrian intelligence had painted him to be: a free masonry inspired philosopher and theoretician of armed revolutionary struggle. The implications one can get from some of the symbols he frequently uses put him squarely into this mold, while his sinister historical influence on late Nineteen/early Twentieth Century subversive politics in Balkan cannot be underestimated.
You can find an introduction into his philosophy of history and politics on Kali Tribune.
Malachi Martin, Keys of This Blood
One of the premier works on post-Cold War era we are living through. Although the book is focused on explaining the role of John Paul II in the Nineties, it provides invaluable insights into behind the scenes politics of our age. It has been written before George Bush senior pronounced the “opportunity for a New World Order” in the aftermath of the First Gulf War and to a large degree correctly predicts the climate of global politics of our day, as well as presenting extremely accurate evaluation of situation into which Catholic Church has gotten Herself into.
Written in a fluid, thriller-like, style of accomplished novelist – although, partly for understandable reasons, lacking in scholarly references, this book is not to be circumvented by anyone meditating upon the destiny of the contemporary West.
On Kali Tribune we applied some of Martin’s insights in our analysis of current Pope’s downright anti-Christian Encyclical Laudato Si.
Joseph Owens, The Doctrine of Being in the Aristotelian Metaphysics
Somewhat dated by scholarly standards, but nevertheless exceptionally relevant work on Aristotle’s Metaphysics insofar as it provides invaluable insight into way of thinking of ancient philosopher. Owens devotes significant part of this work to demonstrating how Aristotle’s – and indeed any Ancient and Medieval philosopher’s – way of approaching reality differs from ours. Although perhaps Aristotle is not the pinnacle of what antiquity had to offer, his works, preserved in their raw form as they are, can be a doorway into mode of thought pervading all modes of Tradition still accessible today.
The present work is a difficult scholarly treatise, but if reader perseveres, it can help him learn what does it mean to think as the Philosopher used to think. Something academically acclaimed luminaries, from Wittgenstein to Heidegger, can hardly teach you.
On Kali Tribune we used some of Owen’s insights in our exposition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics.
Rene Guenon, Reign of the Quantity and Signs of the Times
Considered by many Guenon’s capital work, this book is probably the most thorough and insightful diagnosis of the malady of nihilism. It is a systematic and thorough development of ideas laid out in his earlier – and more accessible – works East and West and The Crisis of the Modern World considering what is called the “end of the modern world”. However, Guenon’s notion of the Apocalypse is entirely different from what was pejoratively dubbed “destruction of the world” and proves to be extremely convincing.
The main feature of Guenon’s approach is the great clarity of thought, unique in Twentieth Century philosophical writing, which stems from his superbly accurate expression. Once you’re able to understand him you will not only know what you’d accept or reject from him but, quite uniquely, you will also know why.
This book was thoroughly reviewed on Kali Tribune and Guenon’s insight serves as a basis for a lot of analysis you’ll find on this site.
Rene Guenon, Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines
Guenon’s first book bears somewhat deceptive title. It serves as the best introduction to his ideas, one of the best introductions to metaphysics in general written in the modern times and in fact only one third of it is a non-scholarly introduction to Vedic metaphysics. It is interesting to note that Introduction was meant to serve as Guenon’s ticket into French Academic circles of the time. However, consequent as he was in his rejection of modern scholarly approach (“mere erudition”, as he called it), he has written the book with cca 2 – 3 footnotes. The results were predictable: Introduction was rejected as doctoral thesis. Yet if you want to see an attempt at writing the metaphysical treatise in the manner Medieval or Ancient philosopher would write it, you should give it a chance.
The core texts of developed Platonism and, what is rarely pointed out, Aristotelism. Plotinus embodies the pinnacle of the synthesis of Greek philosophy or, perhaps, its first and best written document, because he himself claimed that he’s only expounding already existing tradition. However, the expression “synthesis” should be taken with the grain of salt because it implies reconciliation of something that was initially divided. No such thing happened with neoplatonist unified outlook on Plato and Aristotle – Antiquity never saw in them contradiction modern scholars do. The Enneads are primary text of Western, pre-Christian, mystical tradition taken where mystical state is understood as a pinnacle of rational method. On Kali Tribune we took liberty to borrow the title of Plotinus’ tract from Ennead II (6.) Against the Gnostics, as a motto of our criticism of Alexander Dugin and followers of his peculiar Heideggerian teaching.
Proclus, The Elements of Theology
Exceptionally important summary of ancient theological thought that influenced the development of Medieval Christian theology to the greatest degree. The essential value of this book by the last great Neoplatonic philosopher and the last head of the Platonic Academy before it was, together with all philosophical schools, closed, is providing us with the grammar of theological thinking in general. Therefore, although Proclus is a hard core Pagan, his synthesis of theological thought is applicable to revealed religions and it was as such indeed applied. The reason why Platonic philosophy was incorporated by Church Fathers and preserved up to our age can be glimpsed from this book. Also you can very well come to grips why ideas of purging Christianity from philosophy are essentially destructive and deny the insight of the founding thinkers of the Early Church.
Misha Glenny, Balkans
Still relatively fresh take on history of Balkan and, among other things, break up of Yugoslavia albeit with traditional British geopolitical outlook lurking in between the lines. Glenny is a keen observer and makes some points that you’ll rarely find in other authors that covered war from the Nineties, such as his insight that it was significantly fueled by dichotomy between urban and rural mindsets. Also, Glenny tends to look for causes in mostly the right places, except when it comes to British influence in pushing Yugoslavia into Second World War.
Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity
Excellent history of what we on Kali Tribune term “post-Nazism”. The weakness of the book is its encyclopedic scope which naturally obfuscates the important details, but still: the book is a great introduction into this fringe ideology which is, on closer look, really not so fringe. Post-Nazism is heavily in the focus of Kali Tribune and some of our most detailed essays are devoted to it.
Charles Clover, Black Wind – White Snow
This is to date the best exposition of the roots of the Russian contemporary Far Right, with one third of the book devoted to illustrious career of Alexander Dugin. The book is a masterpiece of scholarly-journalistic work with surprisingly reflective tone, bearing in mind that the author is a Financial Times luminary. It is as close to an unbiased exposition of your enemies bias as you can get in English for now. As we on Kali Tribune lay stress on exposing the ideas of Russian ideologues like Alexander Dugin, manipulating the Western public into something that is as crazy or indeed: far crazier than anything their “powers that be” can come up with, this book serves as an indispensable historical introduction into these issues.
Daniel Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity
A seminal work by acclaimed history of science author, dispelling myths about eugenics and in the process demonstrating – quite unintentionally, which makes it all the more so – that reality is far more ominous. Kevles book documents the rise of the eugenics as an essential component of modern scientific mentality in its political implications, across the entire political spectrum. Also, the identity between, what was called “new eugenics” and what we now call “genetics” is firmly established in the second half of the book.
Glenn Magee, Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition
Magee’s book is both a comprehensive introduction and a daring alternative deep look into Hegel’s philosophy. Although not to be taken up as a definitive explanation of Hegel’s philosophical impetus, it shades light on underlying presuppositions which stem from what we would nowadays call esoteric or occult doctrines. We treated Hegel on Kali Tribune in a somewhat different context and take him as perhaps the last great, albeit heavily flawed, philosopher of the age of Modernity.
Frances Yates, The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age
A pioneer work in the history of ideas, both in the methodological sense and in its conclusions. Yates argues in favor of direct linkage between occult and quasi-Platonic philosophy of Renaissance and British political elite of Elizabethan age, bearing wide implications for understanding how ideas, especially if being consciously manipulated, form history.