I finally was able to listen to the Ben Raymond-Greg Johnson podcast. Raymond made a very favorable impression on me and I wish him and National Action well.
I agree with 99% of what I heard. Only two areas of disagreement.
First, the idea was put forth that we on the far-Right should not criticize our fellows on the Right; if we disagree with their approach, we should merely do better and let our success speak for itself – a “Darwinian” method of outcompeting, rather than directly critiquing, one’s opponents in the “movement.”
At one time I agreed with that. Unfortunately, it does not seem to work. There is no accountability in the “movement,” decades of failure are excused or misdiagnosed as some sort of bizarre “success,” activists engage in personality cult followings of failed “movement” leaders, and the affirmative action policy in the “movement” protects many of these failures from being held to account for the damage they’ve done, while at the same time preventing others from actualizing their own, potentially superior, ideas as part of any so-called “Darwinian competition.” The “game” is fixed and until that changes I see it necessary to critique the “movement” and related precincts of the Right.
Second, Raymond’s comments about the advantages American activists allegedly have in terms of “free speech” ignores the specter of social pricing in America, far more potent than in Europe. This was discussed previously by Le Brun and Johnson and Raymond needs to understand that in certain ways America is more repressive than Europe. For godssakes, even a billionaire political candidate, the leading candidate of the GOP, cannot hold a rally in a major American city. Free speech?
By the way, one point of agreement is the criticism of mainstreaming in the podcast. Cue the “pink panther” music and exit, stage left, one French mainstreamer….