Here at OD headquarters, the debate about the location of the White ethnostate has been raging in recent weeks.
I have argued in favor of a Southern ethnostate. Gregory Hood has been arguing the case for Northwest secession. After considerable reflection, I realized that this whole debate was analogous to arguing over how many angels are on the head of a pin.
We are splitting hairs over the details of a collective fantasy. The Southern homeland doesn’t exist anymore than the Northwest Republic. These email exchanges are a waste of time. The question of the Northwest vs. the South can only be settled by who takes action in the real world.
A Southern Strategy: Vanguardists vs. Mainstreamers
How would a Southern ethnostate emerge? I can’t see Harold Covington’s vanguardist strategy working in this region. Southerners have too much regard for “law and order.” Any violent uprising against the federal government would be instantly squashed with the support of White Southerners. We can rule out that scenario. It will never happen here.
If the South ever seceded from the United States, it would have to be done as a lawful exercise of state sovereignty. This would entail capturing control of a handful of Southern states and fanning the flames of “anti-government sentiment” to a critical breaking point. The ideal would be to force a major confrontation over “self-government” in which neutrals would have to choose sides.
White Southerners will never support a ragtag bunch of terrorist upstarts. If Southerners could be convinced that changing racial demographics will inevitably result in tyranny, humiliation, and the loss of their rights, in particular the right of self government, then it is conceivable that a significant fraction of them could be persuaded to take lawful action.
A Mainstream Movement
A successful White Nationalist movement in the South will have to take the “mainstream approach” to political power. We don’t have the time to sit around and wait for “the collapse” to solve all our problems. We are going to have to build a mass movement and organize and agitate to the point where we have the critical mass to break into the mainstream.
A Southern movement will have to ditch a lot of the esoteric baggage that floats around in White Nationalist circles. It will have to be explicitly White, pro-Christian, pro-Southern, and republican. This is the common thread that runs through all Southern organizations and connects them with a potential mass constituency.
There are various sub-cultures in the White Nationalist movement who take issue with these criteria. Some people will insist on the destruction of Christianity as a prerequisite for their support. Some will insist on National Socialist dictatorship. Some will insist on expressing their individuality by dressing up in esoteric uniforms to shock the bourgeoisie. Some will insist on picking fights over sub-racial differences.
In the South, every individual and group that fits this description can be written off as useless to our objective. This not to say they should be attacked. These groups are doing us a service in that they are drawing people out of the mainstream. They just don’t have the viral potential to break out of their sub-cultures into the wider society that surrounds them.
The Overton Window
In the South, a mainstream-oriented White Nationalist movement will have to exploit the Overton Window. Our starting point is reality as it exists today, not how we imagine it should be. We will need a practical mindset focused on identifying and tackling problems in the real world, not over active imaginations geared toward hairsplitting over a shared collective fantasy.
The long term goal is a White ethnostate in the South. The present is a degenerate multiracial society lorded over by Barack Hussein Obama in Washington, DC. In order to get from here to there, we will have to start moving the goal posts. We have to set tractable short term goals which incrementally move us toward the White homeland.
State of the Resistance
The Southern resistance consists of a few organizations with chapters that stretch from Virginia to Texas, millions of White racialists with no involvement in the movement, and thousands of White Nationalists whose participation is limited to reading websites in cyberspace.
Of the existing organizations, the League of the South, the Council of Conservative Citizens, European Americans United, American Renaissance, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, EURO, and American Third Position have the most potential. It is worthwhile to establish contact with these groups.
Step #1: Establish Contact
Here in Virginia, the first step toward the White ethnostate is to establish contact and good relations with the existing organizations. These people already agree with us (more or less) on ideology and are serious enough about their beliefs to stand up for them in the real world.
We started doing this immediately upon our arrival. In February, we went to the 2010 Amren Conference. In June, we went to the 2010 CofCC National Conference. In April, we met A3P supporters from North Carolina. We’ve also gotten to know the Klan and Volksfront.
In Virginia, the channels of communication are open. We need to do this in the other Southern states. Before there can be a movement, there has to be regular conversation, a realistic strategy, and tractable short term goals.
Step #2: Media Is Needed To Reach People
In a single year, OD has grown from a one man show into a thriving White Nationalist multicontributor blog, a White Nationalist think tank, a White Nationalist media organization, a thriving White Nationalist community, and now into a White Nationalist action center.
OD reaches far beyond the American South. We reach White Nationalists in every corner of America and increasingly those in foreign countries like Britain, Canada, and Australia. In the years ahead, we will build upon this foundation.
The goal here is to reach more White people in the American South and expose them to a White Nationalist perspective. We are already doing this. As we get more involved in activism, we will start drawing a lot more local and state attention.
Step #3: Create the Model
We’ve created the model of a White Nationalist cell in Virginia. To my knowledge, it is the only one that exists in the movement.
It is really nothing more than four White Nationalists who happen to be roommates. We are all contributors to this website. Each of us has various tasks and specialized duties.
We hit the road and cover events in our region. Since February, we have been in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and DC.
We’ve assumed the task of building a White Nationalist movement in Virginia from scratch.
Step #4: Build the Network
Jim Giles likes to talk about a “hardcore nucleus.” We have one that exists in reality. Now that we have a White Nationalist cell in Charlottesville, we are identifying and contacting other White Nationalists who live in Virginia and North Carolina.
Starting in Virginia, we want to create a real life network of White Nationalists, people who are willing to meet up offline. The idea is to start off small and doing innocent stuff: eating out at restaurants, hosting a book club, touring historical sites, hiking the mountains, renting a conference room maybe once or twice a year.
Even this didn’t exist in Virginia before our arrival here. As more people join the network, and see how much more fun reality can be, more people will be willing to turn out for public events like the Confederate Flag Rally.
The strength and range of our “rapid reaction force” will grow.
Step #5: Create New Cells
The cellular model of organization can be exported anywhere. All you need is a few White Nationalists to rent a house or enough in the same area to cooperate at a central location.
OD has a national presence. These cells can be created in any region of the country. It would be fun and beneficial to the movement for White Nationalists who live in different states to compete to see who can create the most cells.
Here in Virginia, we are creating a second cell in the fall, most likely in Northern Virginia.
Step #6: Organize Chapters
As the network expands, the reach of our media presence expands, the number of cells expand, we should start creating chapters of existing organizations like the CofCC, League of the South, or European Americans United.
This is doable. Within the next six months, I can see us creating a CofCC Virginia chapter of respectable size. I can see us funneling White Nationalists into other CofCC chapters or starting new chapters where they don’t exist.
Step #7: Training in Professional Activism
There is no reason why we can’t be training White Nationalist activists in the techniques of political technology. This is also doable. It can be done right now.
Step #8: Increasing Our Numbers
We have the media reach to start identifying White Nationalist events and getting more of our people to turn out for them. This is something we can do now. It can be done inside or outside the South.
Step #9: White Papers
White Nationalism has plenty of intellectuals with too much time on their hands. Instead of arguing over esoteric subjects and hairsplitting over the exact causes of our historical decline, we have the resources to research White racial attitudes on a state by state basis and zero in on the areas we should be targeting in Phase Two.
In the South, the White Nationalist movement will have to take the mainstream path to power. We will need to create a mass movement in the region. This movement will have to be explicitly pro-White, pro-Southern, pro-Christian, and republican.
There are a number of existing organizations that we can choose to work with. The CofCC is the most important of these. A successful movement in the South will have to exploit the Overton Window and be practical minded.
There are a number of things that we can do now: create cells, establish channels of communication, start chapters, train activists, create propaganda, reach more people with media, funnel people into existing organizations, build networks, set a positive example, turn out more people at our rallies, research racial attitudes for targeted campaigns, etc.
Instead of fantasizing about the days when the Southern Action Council seizes power and punishes the race traitors among us, we should focus instead on creating the skeleton of a pro-White grassroots resistance movement in the South where one currently doesn’t exist.
The next chapter can be written after we pass the first goal post.