I’ve been quietly following William Rome’s recent articles on multiculturalism with considerable interest. Personally, I haven’t really felt inclined to post or comment here in recent days.
There are similarities and differences in our life experiences.
Coming from New York, William Rome grew up in a world where multiculturalism is normative and White racial consciousness is highly taboo. It was thus a gut wrenching experience for him to break out of the liberal paradigm and multicultural cocoon and embrace full throated White Nationalism.
Here in Alabama, there has never been much enthusiasm for multiculturalism and the majority of White people in this state are already racially conscious to some degree. When I was growing up, I never experienced anything in the way of social pressure to conform to the mores and pieties of anti-racism.
Hence, there is no pressing need to fight multiculturalism from within in the Deep South, whereas that might be the case in Upstate New York. The problems we are squarely facing in this region is a failure to communicate (poor messaging) and the lack of any viable means (other than the internet) to reach our target audience.
White people in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida should be sympathetic to White Nationalism.
It is a sad testament to the failure of the White Nationalist movement (and the ingenuity of our enemies) that White Nationalists have been seemingly unable to connect with and organize the millions of Whites in America who are already explicitly racially conscious.
How can White Nationalists possibly create a White ethnostate in North America when the majority of White racialists in this country cannot be persuaded to get on board?
In spite of the differences in our cultural backgrounds, there are striking similarities in the way the two of us wound up in the White Nationalist movement.
William Rome has already shared his account.
In my case, the world that I was leaving behind in Alabama was a world of Christianity, American patriotism, and cultural conservatism. This is a world which I came to believe wasn’t radical enough for my tastes. It wasn’t moving fast enough in my chosen direction.
I know what it is like to feel alienated from mainstream society. I know what it is like to withdraw from that world and attempt to create a new one in your own ideological image. I know what it is like to feel the rage, cynicism and desperation and to be motivated by such sentiments.
Been there. Done that.
I spent about ten years struck in that mindset. Over that time frame, there were a few occasions when I took a few tepid steps back from that world, but I was young and angry and those two things always seem to correlate with political radicalism.
The second awakening happens when aging and experience gradually wear down and temper the passions of youth. The initial emotional reaction of rage and alienation burns itself out. This is what happens to most young radicals.
There comes a point when you start asking yourself a different set of questions:
(1) Are we making progress toward our goals?
(2) Do we have anything to show for our efforts?
(3) Why is the White Nationalist movement idling through history?
(4) Why aren’t people responding well to our message?
(5) How can our message gain traction?
(6) What are we doing wrong?
Instead of being frustrated and enraged at society, you start focusing your attention on how to change that society in constructive ways, and those questions tend to lead you down another rabbit hole.
In my case, I was truly astonished that it led to me to conservatism and back to the cultural milieu from which I came in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley.
It started with the realization that there really wasn’t much of a substantial difference between my own political views and those of my neighbors. Just a difference of degree.
Ordinary White people in East Alabama and West Georgia are against the federal government, against immigration, against political correctness, against multiculturalism, against affirmative action, against free trade. Most of them are explicitly racially conscious.
The Lower Chattahoochee Valley, once the heartland of the Confederacy, is the arguably the national capitol of conservative populism in the United States. The populist tradition here stretches back two centuries to Indian Removal and Bloody Kansas.
For many White Nationalist intellectuals, the White Republic is an abstract utopia. These people are literally in love with an abstraction and devalue real communities on the basis of that measuring stick.
Here in Creek Country, “White Nationalism” was the basis of our entire society, which was born in the frontier race wars of the War of 1812 and the land rushes of the 1820s and 1830s.
Alabama has more Indian place names than any other state, but very few actual Indians because they were decimated and driven out by White settlers. Those people were my ancestors.
My version of White Nationalism was always about my attachment to a specific people and place.
A decade ago, illegal aliens began to flood into my local area to work as a cheap labor force in the construction industry and at a local chicken plant.
Illegal immigration was the origin of my political odyssey. Simply put, I felt that my people were being displaced in our own lands, the mainstream media was telling us lies, and that the federal government was siding with the invaders. I still feel this way.
Everything that followed stemmed from the political nucleus of my worldview.
It goes without saying that different people end up in the White Nationalist movement for different reasons. This is the source of much divisiveness within the movement. I’ve written at length about the subject.
Specifically, the marginalization of the White Nationalist movement by the reigning taboos attracts kooks, misfits, sociopaths and exhibitionists who wouldn’t fit into any society, whether it be a White ethnostate, Barack Obama’s multicultural utopia, or the White Republic of the Founding Fathers.
There are con-artists and rent seeking charlatans who trying to make a living for themselves off the gullibility and desperation of alienated people.
There are intellectuals who are drunk on ideological kool aid like their counterparts on the Left who believe in “the brotherhood of man.” These people are in love with some type of abstraction. No existing community can ever measure up to their high standards.
They are not motivated by any sentimental attachment to any peculiar people or place and go absolutely out of their way to let that fact be known to others.
Going down the list …
There are hotheads and net nazis who are just blowing off steam on the internet.
There are fantasists and time wasters who are here primarily to entertain themselves.
There are hateful people who just plainly dislike other groups.
There are prophets of doom and an endless supply of disagreeable curmudgeons.
There are other people in the White Nationalist movement who are here just because they are looking for some type of social acceptance.
Finally, there is the perennial agent provocateur and troll community, headquartered at VNN Forum, whose sole purpose for being here is to polarize and drive as many wedges as possible between White America and White Nationalists, in order to make the latter anathema to the former.
These people are always seeking out fresh new ways to narrow our potential audience in service of the SPLC and other professional anti-racist organizations. This is why their political agenda always lines up in lockstep formation with the Left.
Most of us are familiar with their M.O. by now:
You can choose between being a decent civilized person and being a White Nationalist.
You can choose between being a Christian and a White Nationalist.
You can choose between being an American patriot and being a White Nationalist.
You can choose between your family and ethny and being a White Nationalist.
You can choose between being in favor of exterminating the Jews and being a White Nationalist.
It will suffice to say that under the common umbrella of the “White Nationalist movement” there exists an ecosystem of different types of people – the broadest two groups of which are “mainstreamer” and “vanguard” – whose political views spring from a wide variety of different sources.
The point I am driving at here is that many self described White Nationalists are not motivated primarily by sympathy for their own people and therefore lack any incentive to identify with their own people and think rationally and realistically about addressing the various problems they are facing.
The synergy of these destructive types lashing out on the internet is the source of the well known “fever swamps” metaphor which is used to describe the Far Right.
Like mosquitoes that carry malaria, interacting with these flies over any extended period of time is physically draining for most people, and very few can handle it or find any incentive to persist indefinitely in such environs.
William Rome has already described the way in which he struggled with his initial aversion from these types. Jared Taylor is one of their favorite targets of abuse. Jack Ryan thinks we need to find some productive use for them.
Most people just feel awkward and walk away.
The natural instinct of human beings is to withdraw from situations and places which they find disagreeable.
I learned quite a lot in Virgina.
Since returning to Alabama, I have shook off my youthful alienation from mainstream society. I have found constructive ways to advance our views in the real world. I’m increasingly preoccupied with these activities.
I’ve reached the point in my life where I want to invest in my future. I’m systematically weeding out bad habits and replacing them with positive substitutes: things which add value and increase in their net worth over time.
Which brings me around to the White Nationalist movement.
It’s not badly written, but it’s a lie. It’s a lie I told myself in order to struggle for the white nation — that doesn’t actually exist — except in my fevered imagination.
I fight for Ireland and for Europe. America remains — in my mind and in the arenas of world power — the anti-Europe, the anti-Ireland.
Americans may prove me wrong, but I doubt it — if WN means anything. . . .
Americans, even middle-class, anglophile, conservative white nationalists, I’m hoping, will be more receptive to the abiding ‘truths’ of our Borean/Aryan/European origins — which are inevitably those of our destiny. The New America will be explicitly European, or it will not be.
This is just a typical example of the material I see floating around day in and day out. I used to post my favorite examples on the “Daily Vanguard” page.
After reading this comment and the extended version of the rant against “America-Jewry” in the latest TOQ, I’m long past ready to forget that I even know people like Michael O’Meara and Greg Johnson.
Their version of “New America: Aryan Dawn” will never exist because there isn’t a constituency for this alienated worldview in North America. Their message is repulsive to nationalists, conservatives, and the majority of racialists in America who are the parallel of the base of the nationalist parties in Europe.
Speaking for myself, I have grown weary of returning like an old horse to this poisoned well.
It is full of sociopathy, misanthropy, nihilism, intense hatred of Christianity, anti-Americanism, fascism, all things Nazi, lashing out, not just reasonable criticism of Jews, but genocidal sentiments and especially disagreeableness and alienation and outright hostility and loathing toward our own people – a total and complete contrast to the other circles in which I am now engaged.
It is the one consistently depressing spot in my day.
What’s more, these things are all hitched to a political project of doing absolutely nothing about our racial problems, and insulting and alienating the very people we need to win in America. I have seen this videotape for ten years now.
All the time I ask myself the question: do I want to sit around and watch this same videotape play out for another ten years? Every time the answer I arrive at is “no.”
The sheer force of habit brings me back. I’m getting a lot better at breaking bad habits though.
I’ve thought a lot about political radicalism in recent weeks. A few months ago, a reader sent me an email about fascism which has been a source of much reflection.
Fascism burns hot and exhausts itself. It is a volatile substance that tends to explode in counterproductive ways. Look what happened the last time it was tried out. Just look around the internet and project what would happen if it was tried out again.
If you thought the T4 euthanasia program was over the top, just wait to you meet the “man-animal chimeras.” We have learned nothing from history and especially the appropriate lessons from why White people rejected racialism in the first place.
We need a cooler, more measured, slower burning way of channeling our anger down constructive channels. Anger which is so volatile that it cannot be harnessed and put to good use is nothing more than an escape outlet that props up the status quo.
Unfortunately, the worlds of fascism and racial conservatism tend to overlap on the internet, but not entirely. There is still a large area where these worlds do not intersect.
Unless some miraculous transformation happens within the White Nationalist movement, a highly unlikely scenario in which the fever swamp is drained and a sympathetic face is presented toward the public, a project which is well advanced in Europe, I see no reason to carry on any further.
For once I have nothing further to say.
I just want to crack open a good bottle of wine, read some old books, and quietly enjoy my retirement – as winter shades into spring.