I’m borrowing the phrase “Der Movement” from Ted Sallis.
I’ve found that I am more productive and in better spirits the less that I think about and the less that I engage with all the various factions which comprise Der Movement.
Let’s run through a short list of these factions:
1. National Socialists and Fascists – As the history of this blog shows, I have never had any interest in classical fascism or National Socialism. There have been people who have been trying to build a fascist or National Socialist movement in America as far back as the 1930s and they have never had any success with it for a variety reasons. The most important reason is that it is a foreign ideology and American culture has Anglo-Saxon roots. Americans are individualistic and dislike being organized. They don’t have a fascist temperament or even a strong and pervasive sense of ethnic identity. When Americans try to do fascism, they come across less as the historical National Socialists than as Americans.
It is true that I supported the Nationalist Front in 2017. I said at the time that I was worried about what I called the “Nazi Dike.” I was extremely worried in the spring of 2017 that the “punch a Nazi” meme which was then fashionable on the Left which was growing increasingly violent and censorious was going to spiral out of control. I saw that it wouldn’t just lead to violent attacks on Richard Spencer or classic Neo-Nazi groups like the NSM. It would lead to violent attacks on anyone branded as “far right” and would spiral from there to violent attacks on law enforcement and ICE officers and Trump supporters in general. This had already begun during the Trump campaign in 2016 over a year before the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Antifa had attacked Trump supporters during Trump’s own inauguration.
2. Violent Accelerationists – Fortunately, we have heard less from them after the FBI crackdown that followed the El Paso shooting. The Biden administration is salivating at the thought of another accelerationist mass shooting which can be used as a pretext to attack the filibuster in the Senate, push through gun control and to mobilize public support for the broader crackdown on “domestic violent extremism” that DHS is already planning. There have been dozens of mass shootings by accelerationists which have thoroughly discredited the idea that this “strategy” will spark a “race war.” The result of every mass shooting that I have observed over the course of twenty years is that they invariably disgust the public and it dominates the news cycle for a short while and the shooter either ends up dead or in prison. It justifies attacks by our political enemies on our monuments and civil liberties.
3. White Nationalism 1.0 – These are generally older people who want to build a White ethnostate in North America, but they strongly disagree with the violent accelerationists and reject their tactics. Instead, WN 1.0s are typically Trump supporters who are engaged in politics and tend to vote for Republican candidates. Ultimately, they “circle back” to the mainstream and vote in elections, which is a strange political strategy for people who marginalize themselves by openly embracing the goal of a White ethnostate. At the end of the day, most of them are Republicans when it matters. If you are ultimately going to vote for Republicans, wouldn’t it be easier for you to just become one?
4. Alt-Right 2.0 – The Alt-Right destroyed itself in the wake of Charlottesville in the event which was known as the Optics War. It disintegrated and never recovered its former momentum. There isn’t a coherent movement now so much as cliques and factions. Strangely enough, the internal infighting that swept the movement after Charlottesville was wildly out of proportion to the extent that the public ever cared about the Unite the Right rally. In the wake of Charlottesville, the polls showed there was no discernable change in public sympathy or support for the movement or Confederate statues.
5. Southern Nationalism – Southern Nationalism is plagued by many of the same issues as the Alt-Right and White Nationalism because it is driven by many of the same currents. The main division in this camp is over racial or ethnic nationalism as well as differences in strategy. As with White Nationalism, the major problem confronting Southern Nationalists is that White identity and Southern identity have been so weakened in the post-World War II era. White Nationalists and Southern Nationalists also face the same deplatforming issue because both are lumped together as “far right domestic extremism.”
6. America First/Groypers – Nick Fuentes and the Groypers enjoyed a lot of success in 2018 and 2019, but ran into the same deplatforming issue. In the wake of the Capitol Siege, the America First movement is facing harassment by state intelligence agencies and possibly lawsuits. The movement is also centered on a cult of personality like TWP and previous White Nationalist and Alt-Right groups.
7. Immigration Restriction – VDARE is chugging along and the cause of nativism and immigration restriction is stronger than ever on the Right.
8. Race Realism – Amren is also chugging along as a specialized site that has been around for almost thirty years now. White identity is on the rise and new findings in genetics continue to whittle away at the notion that “race is a social construct.” Both Amren and VDARE have experienced the same deplatforming issues as everyone else that is lumped together by our enemies as the “far right.”
9. Wignats – I always used the term “wignat” in jest to make fun of people who defined themselves as “American Nationalists” who were slavishly uncritical of the Trump presidency and who I thought were aesthetes who were overly obsessed with “optics.” Donald Trump is gone now though. Joe Biden is the president now and we have to move on and figure out where to go from here.
As a “movement,” we all experienced severe damage in the Trump years. No one was really left unscathed. In particular, the censorship has impacted all of us no matter how much some “far right” personalities may hate each other. There are larger problems though that need to be addressed.
Is there anything that can be done to fix this pitiful situation and turn it around? I’m optimistic that it can be done. I also have some suggestions which I will be addressing in a series of articles on the topic.