The New Republic: A New “War on Terrorism” Is the Wrong Way to Fight Domestic Extremists

My immediate thoughts on the new Hannah Gais piece in The New Republic on how to fight “domestic extremism” (she works for the SPLC) are as follows:

  • The accelerationists largely disappeared after the El Paso shooting back in the summer of 2019 and the crackdown that followed although there might be a few accounts on Telegram
  • As the arrest records show, it was a bunch of normies who stormed the Capitol and aside from Nick Fuentes, Baked Alaska and the Groypers no one else was there
  • It is normies who have been radicalized by Trump’s defeat with something like 70% of Trump voters still believing the election was outright stolen from him and some huge number in the millions being open now to using violence to “save America”

A domestic “war on terrorism” against accelerationists is a ship that has sailed and is all but certain to backfire given the precedent set abroad and our current fragile political climate.

The New Republic:

“In the months since, the question of how to stem the tide of domestic extremism has been met with appropriate seriousness from most corners, save certain factions on the right. But many of the solutions offered pose serious problems themselves. Among the more troubling developments is an explosion in calls for a domestic “war on terrorism.” Proposals along this line, emanating from federal law enforcement, intelligence officials, and lawmakers, have run the gamut, from invocations to use the tools and institutions refined during the Bush- and Obama-era “war on terrorism” to demands for a new criminal domestic terrorism statute. The Department of Homeland Security, a sprawling bureaucratic behemoth created in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and branded during the Bush era as one of the “essential institutions” in fighting terrorism, has reportedly been tapped by the Biden administration to play a greater role in combating white supremacist extremism. Likewise, the federal No Fly list—which names people who are prohibited from boarding commercial aircraft for travel within, into, or out of the country, and has been referred to as a “due-process nightmare” by civil liberties advocates—has been trotted out as a potential means of restricting the freedom of movement of insurrectionists. …

Their act of terror, which took place at the behest of the president of the United States, was planned and carried out in full view. In 2017, when Gebert and others marched in Unite the Right, they were emboldened by Trump’s recent election; they too saw no reason to hide. In 2021, after the president’s enthusiastic endorsement, they saw no reason to back down.

In the end, the grim truth is that any attempts to curtail the actions of white supremacists—those of sensible law enforcement or those of an overreaching “war on terrorism” tool kit—are treating merely the symptoms, and not the cause. White supremacist ideology has been knitted into American society since the country’s founding. To try to undo the conditions that produce individuals like Gebert or Beckett is to undertake a vast cultural project. Some white nationalists “may be members of foreign terrorist organizations, but others are members of Congress or popular Fox News hosts,” pointed out Emerson Brooking, a fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington. “There’s no way to ‘other’ a movement that wields so much power and so much influence over American life.”

BTW, has anyone noticed there actually isn’t any terrorism going on?

Joe Biden has been president for five months now and there hasn’t been any accelerationist mass shootings. There hasn’t been anything like the Oklahoma City Bombing. The widely anticipated QAnon invasion of Washington, DC failed to materialize. Given the fraught political climate and Joe Biden’s lack of legitimacy on the Right, maybe preserving the status quo is the best case scenario?

We’re not in 2017 anymore. This is a good thing. We have made a lot of progress since then. The tactics which people like Hannah Gais used during the Trump administration to fight the “far right” – Big Tech censorship, the “bombshells” by “journalists,” weaponizing the intelligence agencies, cancel culture, trampling on civil liberties, Antifa violence, and so on – are now our most compelling arguments.

These are now things which define the image of the Left. Everyone knows that the Left hates free speech and supports censorship, tramples on civil liberties, openly supports mob violence against other citizens, wields the power of the state to suppress their opposition, openly rejects equality under the law, supports racial discrimination against White males, wants to purge law enforcement and the military of their political opponents and wants to get people fired from their jobs over their political opinions. Everything that the Left accuses us of doing are things which they are doing now themselves. They support tyranny.

How do we wake up the American normie? The “far right” agonized over that question for decades until progressives went ahead and did it for us themselves last year in the George Floyd riots and by embracing systematic racism theory and by rigging the election against Trump and boasting about it in Time magazine. It used to be that the “journalists” and progressive activist groups and Antifa were our enemies. Now, millions of ordinary people see these people as we used to four years ago. The “extremists” are now people who have conventional opinions on the Right in the Joe Biden era.

Has anyone on the Left thought through the implications of fighting “domestic extremism” by trampling on the rights of citizens who already consider the government illegitimate? Wouldn’t the people who are being labeled and targeted as “domestic extremists” by Merrick Garland and Alejandro Mayorkas respond to this threat by exercising their right to remove the Democrats from power in Congress?

Note: If the “far right” had been even modestly engaged in the 2020 election, Joe Biden wouldn’t be president and Democrats wouldn’t control the House or the Senate.

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11 Comments

  1. 1965

    Followed by the slaughter of the crew of the USS Liberty in 1967

    1965…the intent was to nullify the Native White Vote in 2020 on Nov 3 2020…

    Nov 3 2020 was nullified in October 1965

  2. All that MAGA for MIGA got these people a Manhunt from the FBI. No good deed to help the tribe goes unpunished.

  3. “White supremacist ideology has been knitted into American society since the country’s founding.”

    If only boomer conservatives knew that.

    • @ATBOTL…

      How very true is that remark!

      If only they knew, or would act like they know…

  4. “BTW, has anyone noticed there actually isn’t any terrorism going on?”

    No, Sir, I see the terror all the time.

    Why, just look at all The White People starting to think that this country is theirs, once again.

    Look at the massive rise in secession.

    Is that not ‘a terror’?

  5. “BTW, has anyone noticed there actually isn’t any terrorism going on?”

    Uh, i direct your attention to the urban core of any major city.

  6. If the Jefferson, Washington and the rest of the men that helped create this nation were alive, they would be considered domestic terrorists. They can’t arrest them, so they tear down their statues as a way of saying, these White men are evil.

  7. “Note: If the “far right” had been even modestly engaged in the 2020 election, Joe Biden wouldn’t be president and Democrats wouldn’t control the House or the Senate.”

    As long as they remain owned by the billionaires & corporations, just putting bullshit-talking Repuglicants back in control won’t do anything significant & long-lasting to stop the kikes & commie vermin. Serious men like Long & Jackson must rise up; men prepared to rely on small donations from Whites, perhaps augmented by their own wealth.

    The field is wide-open; the path to victory crystal-clear: rail relentlessly against the (((Cultural Marxists))), their smearing of everyone who disagrees with them as “domestic terrorists”, their attacks on freedom of speech & other civil liberties with the collusion of their rich Big Tech & financial allies, their now wide-open borders. And have well thought-out solutions for each.

    In short: stir the red-hot resentments of the besieged White working-class until they boil over & scald the scum.

    This of course doesn’t directly strike the hook-nosed root of the problem. But even within the very insufficient bounds of conventional politics, a lot could be achieved to thwart their totalitarian plans, if only competent White men with balls will come forth.

  8. Likewise, the federal No Fly list—which names people who are prohibited from boarding commercial aircraft for travel within, into, or out of the country, and has been referred to as a “due-process nightmare” by civil liberties advocates—has been trotted out as a potential means of restricting the freedom of movement of insurrectionists. …

    Likewise, the federal No Fly list—which names people who are prohibited from boarding commercial aircraft for travel within, into, or out of the country, and has been referred to as a “due-process nightmare” by civil liberties advocates—has been trotted out as a potential means of restricting the freedom of movement of insurrectionists. …

    Per the no fly list for American citizens for whatever alleged thought crimes, it should be noted that illegal aliens are welcomed across the Mexican barder and are allowed to fly without papers, passports, or screening by DHS, TSA, and the White House. American citizenship is now a disadvantage for millions of Americans under the Biden-Harris administration. It seems that the ADL, SPLC, and other STASI-like NGO’s advising the government per “domestic terrorism” have equated white Americans with a de facto Third Reich within the very nation they founded.

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