I don’t write much about the movement anymore.
I honestly don’t even know what the movement is anymore these days.
Is it Race Realism? Is it White Nationalism? Is it Southern Nationalism? Is it the Alt-Right? Is it the Dissident Right? What do you call this overlapping space? Does anyone know the answer? This space is cluttered with labels and even the folks who have been around the longest don’t know what to call it anymore. There doesn’t appear to be a common message these days. There are cliques and cults of personality.
What are the strengths of the movement?
Race – There is a common belief that racial differences exist and that race matters. Racial differences are also heritable. Pretty much everyone would agree on this.
Jews – There is a common belief that Jews are an extremely wealthy, influential and powerful minority in the United States. Jews are vastly overrepresented in the American ruling class. Pretty much everyone would agree that this is having a negative impact on Whites although opinions may vary about the relative importance of Jewish influence with some seeing it as an all encompassing explanation of what ails us and others as one factor among many that explains what is wrong with this country.
Immigration – There is a common belief that immigration is out of control and bad for the United States. Pretty much everyone would agree that they are unsettled by changing racial and cultural demographics and believe it is harmful to Whites and that it is in the interest of Whites to restrict immigration.
Identity – There is a common belief that Whites have been deracinated and lost their sense of racial and ethnic identity since the mid-20th century. Pretty much everyone would agree that this is bad for Whites. Non-Whites are extremely politically organized and lobby the government to advance their group interest. When Whites attempt to organize along the same lines and reject this one-sided status quo, the political establishment blows the whistle and denounces and represses this as “racism.” Whites alone are expected to be deracinated, guilt-ridden, apologetic, privilege checking, expressive individualists.
You could call this worldview the “four truths” of Der Movement. Race exists and matters and can’t be wished away. Jews are wealthy, powerful and politically opposed to us. Mass immigration is harmful to White interests and should be restricted. Whites have been deracinated and have been getting rolled in politics. These are the four strengths of Der Movement because all of this is more or less true.
At the most basic gut level, the people who are involved in Der Movement look at what has been going on in this country since at least the end of World War II and have concluded that they don’t like it. They are opposed to all of these changes. They are opposed to the elites who are responsible for these changes. Whether it is a Southern Nationalist in Alabama or a White Nationalist in Wisconsin, the sentiment is the same. They don’t like what is going on. The same forces are at work in all other Western countries too. It doesn’t matter where you go across the Empire. The issues are the same and it is roughly the same people who are opposed to it and the same people who are supporting it. This isn’t a regional or even a national problem peculiar to the United States. It is a global current of cultural populism.
Here in the United States, we have some core websites that specialize in the “four truths”: American Renaissance, which focuses on race realism; VDARE, which focuses on immigration and The Occidental Observer, which focuses on Jewish influence. There are a galaxy of websites which focus on regenerating identity in the 21st century like Identity Dixie which focuses on Southern identity or Stormfront which focuses on White identity. There are also popularizers like TRS or The Political Cesspool which focus on communicating many of these themes to a mass audience. In spite of the relative confusion of Der Movement in the wake of Trump and the collapse and factionalization of the Alt-Right, there is still widespread agreement on the core issues. Most people believe more or less the same things even if there are personalities and groups within the movement who despise each other.
It is at the level of politics where Der Movement has miserably failed. The movement has failed to translate the “four truths” into a winning political message. The movement has failed for a variety reasons. Some of these reasons are internal. Some of these reasons are external. Internally, the biggest problem is the lack of an overarching strategy to advance our mutual goals and common interest, which has led to paralysis and frustrated people turning to the worst people who have the worst ideas and lashing out in pointless acts of violence. Externally, the cause of this is state repression and marginalization by the stigma on the Right that is attached to Whites who try to organize to advance their common interests. Were it not for the external repression and stigma, there would be significantly less of these violent fanatics.
Can we fix this problem?
I’ve already written about the violent fanatics. There is nothing we can do about state repression and disruption which isn’t in our power to control. We don’t know these people in real life and can’t predict their highly personal meltdowns. We can brainstorm new political strategies though. We can think outside the old box of mainstreaming vs. vanguardism neither of which has never worked.
I think this is the area where our intellectuals have failed us the most. It is fine that we have people who are hammering away at the core themes or truths. They are doing important work. We have all kinds of people though who are wandering around in highly esoteric subjects, distant centuries and foreign regimes and countries which have no relevance to the real world which is the United States in 2021 in the Joe Biden presidency. They’re not focused on the work which really needs to be done.
My own mind tends to wander like this. I could easily tune out of politics and reality and spend years pursuing my own historical interests. I once spent a whole year on this website running through the history of the Caribbean since the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. As interesting as this might be to me, it is not of much use to anyone else or relevant to our present circumstances. I don’t regret though that I spent a year of my life tracing the cultural roots of Deep South identity to Barbados and the British Caribbean. I still consider that some of my best work!
We need to take what was good and essential about White Nationalism 1.0 as well as the Alt-Right 2.0 and identify and throw out what was bad and what wasn’t working. Then we need to build on what worked and what was essential and try to translate that into a better political message that reaches more people. We have to do this while being guided by the sentiment, loyalties and grievances that inspires Der Movement and work to advance the interest that motivates people to identify with our politics.
Basically, the paradigm, language and messaging of this clutter of labels which we call the movement hasn’t been resonating. It needs to be updated and refreshed. We should try to build on and improve those old models. We need a new and improved “far right” for the post-Trump era.
Note: I’ve been at least making an effort to do this on this website. I don’t claim to have gotten everything right. I recognize the need to improve on our last effort though.