I attended the Amren conference.
I saw Zman’s speech and mostly disagreed with it.
“But my fears were unfounded — and I should have realized this from the get-go — for our people are far too savvy to believe that the Republicans are going to save us. And many of us believe that working within the present political system at all is futile. This was the view taken by the conference’s first speaker, Christopher Zeeman, popularly known as “The Zman.” The title of his talk, “What is to be Done?” was borrowed from Lenin (who himself borrowed it from elsewhere). None of us, The Zman asserted, will get what we want from the current system. We should not think of ourselves as “conservatives,” because there is nothing in this society left to conserve. We are not, he said, part of a “great silent majority.” Instead, we are a minority of dissidents, of revolutionaries who need to sweep the present system away. In preparation for this, he advised us to engage in “networking” — not virtual networking, online, but networking in person and locally. However, he also cautioned that one of the Right’s major problems is with presentation; we very often present ourselves badly.
The Zman was not the only speaker to talk of revolution and of the futility of reforming the present system. Nor was he the only speaker to insist that white people must form racially conscious, local communities. Such sentiments were expressed again and again, and I got the distinct impression that these were, in fact, the views of the majority of attendees. In what follows I am going to focus primarily on the presentations that contained some common themes, the variations on which were very interesting. …
Hood’s own conception of what “binding together” would mean was not unlike The Zman’s: forming real ties in real, local communities. “We are citizens of this unknown ideal,” he said. But Hood also stressed a vision of the white race’s mission that is at least as old as Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation: the idea that it is principally whites that make possible civilization, and the other nations depend upon us. This idea was happily endorsed in a question period later in the conference by an attendee whose ancestors came from the Indian subcontinent. …”
Are we a tiny minority of dissidents and revolutionaries?
While I agree that we are not part of a “great silent majority,” I don’t believe the “Alt-Right” or “Dissident Right” really makes sense anymore and that we should move on from that way of thinking. Is there really a huge difference between the “Dissident Right” and “Populist Right” in 2022?
If so, what is the difference? Is it opposing American support for the war in Ukraine? Is it supporting immigration restriction, mass deportations, an immigration moratorium and other draconian immigration policies? Is it opposing COVID restrictions? Is it a sense that White people are besieged on all sides and being dispossessed in their own country? Is it a sense that the system is rigged in favor of non-Whites? Is it male resentment of feminism? Is it supporting, say, an industrial policy or a nationalist trade policy? Is it supporting secession or a National Divorce? Is it identifying as a “nationalist” instead of a “conservative”? Is it supporting even a violent revolution to overthrow the existing system and government?
What’s the difference between Zman’s speech at Amren and a recent article in The Federalist by John Daniel Davison? The only thing that comes to mind is that conservatives are still gun shy when it comes to talking candidly about Jews, but so is Zman and Amren and much of the Dissident Right. There are also more Christian nationalists bugging out to places like Moscow, ID than White Nationalists. Conservatives also migrated en masse to Florida to escape the COVID tyranny.
Is the GOP going to save us? Are we going to reform the system? Probably not, but millions of conservatives feel the same way and have lost faith in the system and continue voting anyway. Most still believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. Americans overwhelmingly believe the system is rigged against them. 44% of Americans and over half of Republicans believe a secret cabal controls the government. We’re hardly the only people in the country who don’t trust the GOP.
I think we are clinging to this self image that we have of ourselves as being underground radicals and revolutionaries which is out of date. It was still true a decade ago. Normal people have radicalized over the past several years though. It was normal White people who were behind the “January 6th insurrection” while White Nationalists mostly stayed at home that day to avoid FBI entrapment.
We don’t need to form intentional communities because our views are now popular and widespread in large swathes of the country especially here in the South. Instead of identifying as “radicals” and “dissidents” and drawing distinctions where there is no substantive difference anymore between our views and radicalized conservatives, it makes more sense to downplay those differences and stress what we have in common now. Those differences are fading away under the Joe Biden presidency.
The trajectory of Antifa is a good example of this. They used to be our enemy. At the time of Charlottesville, the vast majority of conservatives were confused and had never heard of these people. Now, pretty much everyone on the Right agrees that Antifa are their enemy. “Journalists” are also seen as the enemy. They used to be our enemy, but now “The Free Press” is banned from ordinary campaign stops.
I probably have a different sense of this because I live in Alabama and the most sweeping change has been among White evangelical Protestants. It has only gotten worse in Libtard Country. Those people have only gotten more lost and delusional over the past decade. If you live among the GoodWhites, I can understand why you are so pessimistic and if I lived there I would be too.