Ron Unz thinks White Nationalism is politically bankrupt because it is too singlemindedly focused on immigration. He also thinks Silicon Valley elites were alienated by strident anti-immigration sentiment and that populists and nationalists should have focused on blacks and White liberal elites.
“The last few weeks have seen the greatest wave of American urban unrest in two generations. Massive protests, riots, and looting have swept across dozens of our major cities, accompanied by an enormous amount of political vandalism, often targeting monuments to our country’s former presidents and other historical figures.
Most importantly, powerful elements of our political, corporate, and media elite have now declared their support for various policy goals of the newly-elevated Black Lives Matter movement, even sometimes agreeing that local police departments should be “defunded” and that our most celebrated national heroes such as Washington and Jefferson should be removed from their places of honor in our nation’s capital, proposals that would have been dismissed as utter lunacy just a couple of months ago. Many observers, not least in China, have noted the striking similarities this turmoil bears to aspects of Mao’s Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s. We seem rapidly heading towards some unknown but probably unfortunate destination.
This enormous national upheaval has centered on race, probably leading many individuals to reassess their racial understanding of the world. But some of these shifts may have been in less expected directions. …
So this is the dilemma faced by Alt-Right leaders and similar “nationalist” right-wingers, including many of the individuals around Trump. They have spent the last few years focusing on a largely synthetic issue that has very little connection to the actual reality that most ordinary Americans see in their day-to-day lives. And as a result, they may have destroyed themselves politically.
Consider an analogy. Suppose that the Alt-Right and similar groups had spent this period focusing on Catholics as the greatest threat to American society, publishing numerous books on the subject and launching websites devoted to the “Great Catholic Menace” while FoxNews brainwashed its ignorant viewers into an anti-Catholic frenzy. Perhaps Trump might have been elected partly running on that platform, but with his victory primarily due to the enormous dissatisfaction so many voters felt at the general state of their country, including their distrust and hatred of the mainstream media and our arrogant and corrupt political elites, with the latter fully exemplified by Hillary Clinton …”
If you have followed my recent posts, you should see why and where I disagree.
In my view, we are living in the post-World War II era which is defined by self hatred or what is called “antiracism.” As such, White Nationalism has always been considered morally, culturally and politically illegitimate since 1945. There was never any chance that the Trump administration or progressive Silicon Valley elites would somehow consider the Alt-Right to be a legitimate movement. We never destroyed ourselves politically. We were never politically viable to begin with under the current order. In order for the Alt-Right to become politically viable, the hegemony of “antiracism” has to first come to an end, which means that established elites have to change their minds about their current obsession.
There is no point in participating in mainstream politics under consensus antiracism. It doesn’t advance any of our goals because both sides agree that we are morally and politically illegitimate. We are not represented in the “conservative” coalition. No one caters to our interests. Empowering the “conservative” coalition only means that other groups are empowered to pursue their agenda.