Keith Preston over at Alt.Right has written an article critical of White Nationalism. The title is “White Nationalism is Not Enough”. That’s sensible enough. Few thinking people in the White Nationalist movement think mere adherence to racial identity is a political movement in itself. I’m a White American, with a specific heritage, way of life, and way of perceiving the world that’s unique to my ethnonational tribe. I’m not a citizen of some mythical “Whitemanistan”. To put it succinctly, racial kinship is a necessary but insufficient condition.
But the article would have been more appropriately entitled “White Nationalism is Not Necessary”, or “White Nationalism Sounds Trashy”, or even “Screw Preserving our White Heritage, There are Colored Conservatives!” He endorses anarchism in the first sentence, which led me to predict, accurately, that this is a man of abstractions, unconcerned with the sweaty and sticky reality of the human condition. Anybody so lost in abstractions that he loses sight of the incontrovertible reality of sovereign oligarchies as direct results of mankind’s instinctive quest for territory and dominance is lost to me. Regardless of his motives or intentions, a man who objects to submitting to a sovereign oligarchy in a world in which we’re threatened by powerful predatory oligarchies is as useless on the political battlefield as a pacifist is on the military battlefield.
He then declares that “the first order of business is the identification of the enemy”. This is perfectly upside down, as the first order of business is identifying what we’re defending. For me, that’s preserving the community within which my children, nieces, and nephews are at home. And that community is the White American one. David Yeagley is a great guy, and I respect him a great deal. But he doesn’t belong in my community any more than I belong on his Comanche reservation. I have a common cause with all movements for ethnic self-determination the world over, but it can only be an alliance. I am a big supporter of folks who believe in strong families, but it doesn’t follow that this commonality necessitates converging into one big pro-family family.
By declaring that the first order of business is identifying the enemy and then listing off the enemy’s enemies, Preston tries to tempt us into climbing into bed with every movement and group the prevailing oligarchy is against. He rattles off a bunch which are more or less compatible with your typical White Nationalist’s worldview. But it also follows from this logic that we would side with the Palestinians, Europe’s Muslim invaders, Randroid libertards, and others with whom we have nothing in common except this common threat.
He appears to be suggesting that White Nationalism is so thoroughly stigmatized and discredited by enemy propaganda that we should shut up, drop our “race thing”, and fight for the abstractions that the Alternative Right is ostensibly all about. Personally, I’m not anti-government. I’m anti- this government. I’m as far from being a libertarian or an anarchist as I am from being a Marxist. These theories all begin with the premise that “humans” are atomic abstractions independent of the very links to Tribe and Tradition that actually make us human in the first place.
I’m excited about our provisional inclusion in this nascent development of an “Alternative Right”, and I believe we would do well for ourselves to play well with others. But this is exactly the kind of slippery slope I warned about in my previous post on Intellectualism and White American Advocacy. In our abortive attempt at a podcast at the recent CofCC meeting, William Rome jokingly asked if he could move into my home and take my wife. I quipped back that it was fine with me as long as it’s compatible with my abstract fancies. This was, of course, a joke. Compromising either my home or my homeland in pursuit of an abstraction or in an alliance against a common enemy is a joke to me.
If silence or compromise on the issue of racial integrity is the cost of entry into a coalition against those who threaten our racial integrity, then count me out. If there’s no place in the future for my tribe, then I couldn’t care less whether that future is a statist one, an anarchist one, a theocratic one, or an antidisestablishmentarian one. Now, I believe in more than blood, and I cherish more than family, nation, and race. We must always strive for the transcendent and remain intellectually curious. But history has repeatedly shown what should be intuitively obvious: that the dilution of the blood of a people inevitably results the dilution of the spirit and ideals that those people upheld.