Johnson himself and Johnson channeled through Hood. In all cases, emphasis added.
Before I get into the point-by-point riposte to Johnson’s last installment about the Alt Right, I have two points to make.
First, this is not an apologia for WN 1.0, which I despise nearly as much as I despise the even more stupid and juvenile WN 2.0. However, I despise dishonesty even more, and blaming 1.0 for the failings of 2.0 is dishonesty of a breathtaking nature. Further, a “movement” can never correct error if they do not understand the nature of that error or acknowledge its source. The failures of WN 2.0 need to be put squarely on the heads of the Beavis-and-Butthead 2.0 crowd, all of the Captain America “based” cosplay actors out on the streets, and on all of the people who should have known better who enabled Alt Right stupidity because they thought that “the Alt Right brand” would help promote their own websites and agendas (and in his recent Luke Ford podcast, Johnson admits that he and other prominent Der Movement “leaders” did exactly that).
Second, several facts need to be made clear that clearly exonerates WN 1.0 for the blame for some of the oft-cited foibles of WN 2.0.
Whatever you may think of street fighting – and I think the Right certainly should defend itself and its ability to publicly assemble, albeit it should be done in well-thought-out, mature, and strategic manner, and after the technics and lawfare issues have been appropriately planned for – to claim that the street fighting over the past couple of years is a 1.0 effect is ludicrous.
In reality, the street fighting had its embryogenesis in the scuffles at Trump rallies during the Presidential campaign, and was birthed during the various street battles, marches, and college protests that took place during the first half of 2017. It was PURE 2.0 forces – mostly Trumpist Alt Liters and civic nationalists – who led the way.
Thus, the entire street fighting-cosplay-Captain America scenario did NOT start with WN 1.0, or even with the Alt Right proper. It started with “Based Stick Man” – a non-WN Alt-Liter who at that time was married to an Asian woman and who has a Hapa son. WN 1.0? No way. 2.0? Yes.
The “Proud Boys” – involved in street-fighting – when they are not being publicly humiliated in LA bars – are what? A racially diverse bunch of Alt Liters. ZERO affiliation with WN 1.0.
The main organizer of the ill-fated Unite the Right rally: Millennial Alt Righter and archetypical WN 2.0er Jason Kessler, who Johnson now supports since Kessler and Spencer had a falling out.
Promoters of Holocaust memes: TRS jackassery, including Johnson’s buddy “Enoch,” who was married to a Jewish woman, by the way. All WN 2.0ers – nary a WN 1.0er to be found.
The narrative that all of these negatives of WN 2.0 were due to WN 1.0 is the most dishonest piece of outrageous gaslighting I’ve ever encountered in all my years in Der Movement. While I don’t directly associate myself with the official Der Movement, Inc., of course I’ve been heavily involved in racial activism since the mid-1990s and therefore, like it or not, I am part of the broader “movement.” It is what it is. I’ve seen a lot of stupidity and mendacity, but to blame the opponents of WN 2.0 for the errors of that form of “activism” is outrageous.
Another point – this one aimed at the System/Left. It are the same people who are now crying about “Far Right violence” when elderly Jews are shot at or leftists have makeshift bombs mailed to them, who are the people who publicly praise Antifa violence and who gleefully replay the gif of Spencer being elbowed in the face. The same folks who write essays on how “it’s OK to punch Nazis” (“Nazi” being anyone to the right of Barack Obama) are the ones decrying “the atmosphere of violence created by Trump.” It’s ludicrous and even more dishonest than Der Movement’s attempts to gaslight us about the reasons for WN 2.0 failure. Now, back to Johnson.
More dishonesty: Johnson keeps on talking about how the Alt Right was ruined by people wanting to “control the movement” while ignoring the more fundamental problem of the Alt Right wanting to control the entire racial activist “movement.”
Greg blames the drinking and street fighting on WN 1.0, which the TRUTH is that the WN 1.0 denounced all of that, while the Pepe-Kek cosplay WN 2.0 crowd was solidly behind it. The entire Alt Right “realm of ideas” was Pepe, Kek, Beavis-and-Butthead sniggering, drinking, juvenile jackassery – and while Alt Right apologists were praising the “youth culture” “old school” WN 1.0 folks were denouncing all of that. And here comes Johnson, blaming the faults of WN 2.0 on the WN 1.0 that was actually denouncing it. Outrageous dishonesty. And who was saying “the Alt Right is White nationalism or nothing at all?’’ Amazing. “Bad faith?”
In 2015, when the new Alt Right became more comfortable with the idea of White Nationalism, most of its members had only the vaguest acquaintance with an earlier generation of White Nationalist figures. Lawrence Murray, for instance, claimed, “I myself had never heard of [William] Pierce and [David] Duke . . . until becoming involved with the Alt-Right.” Murray’s experience is typical of Millennial and Gen Z Alt Rightists.
Dear God. How can someone be involved in pro-White, Far Right politics and “never heard of [William] Pierce and [David] Duke?” This is indicative of the narrow-minded, navel-gazing Millennial mindset: the world didn’t exist before they came of age, don’t you know. I have heard Millennials talking about the 1950s and 1960s, thinking that people back then had the Internet and smart phones. This is the same attitude as to why young people stopped in the street for questioning about history think WWII was in the 1850s and that the US Civil War was in the 1960s and featured a battle between New York City and Los Angeles. Ignorant, arrogant, and uninformed. The raw material for the Alt Right! WN 2.0 at its finest!
The Alt Right began calling the White Nationalism of their fathers’ generation “White Nationalism 1.0.” The dubbed the Alt Right “White Nationalism 2.0.” Built into this framework was a dismissive attitude toward White Nationalism 1.0 and an assumption that the Alt Right was a marked improvement. I agreed with the latter judgment.
Indicative of Johnson’s horrifically bad judgment.
But more often than not, Alt Rightists dismissed figures like Pierce and Duke based simply on impressions gleaned from the mainstream media. I thought it was shameful to parrot enemy propaganda. Thus when such attitudes appeared in various private forums, I urged Alt Rightists to become better informed and learn what they could from White Nationalism 1.0. As a movement, it was largely a failure, but learning from failure is part of success. Unfortunately, some people learned the wrong lessons.
By the beginning of 2017, I began to notice a definite shift toward 1.0 ideas and attitudes:
The assumption that German National Socialism is the only authentic form of White Nationalism
Names please. Who advocated that?
Advocating the mass extermination of non-whites, race-mixers, and homosexuals, straight from the pages of The Turner Diaries
A marked upsurge attitudes toward women that can legitimately be labeled misogyny, including the toxic “white sharia” meme and a push to bully female voices into silence
And yet Johnson previously declared the likes of Nazi/Sharia Anglin as the new voice of WN 3.0. The inconsistency here is absolutely remarkable. Does anyone who is sane question why I consider Der Movement to be a bad joke?
A revival of the skinhead subculture of binge drinking and hard drugs
Drunken podcasting courtesy of WN 2.0.
The return of costumed demonstrations and street brawls with Leftists
Gaslighting Greg at it again. See what I wrote at the beginning of the post. The FACTS support that the cosplay brawling was PURELY from the WN 2.0/Alt Lite/Big Tent folks, NOT from WN 1.0.
The entirely negative consequences of these attitudes and behaviors were easy to predict.
Yeah, it was all so easy to predict that only Sallis predicted, and hoped for, the demise of the Alt Right at the same time that Johnson, Taylor, MacDonald et al. were eagerly jumping on the Alt Right bandwagon.
But they were nevertheless tolerated, given platforms, and even advocated and encouraged by leading Alt-Right voices.
First and foremost, WN 1.0 ideas are self-marginalizing and self-defeating.
Ideas like Kali Yuga, Men Who Can’t Tell Time, Counter-Currents articles lionizing Hitler…
The best possible way to advocate White Nationalism is to emphasize that it is a political philosophy based in human nature, confirmed by social science and political experience, and rooted in the political traditions of all white nations. The worst possible way to advocate White Nationalism is to claim that every form of ethnonationalism is fake—except the German form that was defeated in 1945 and has been execrated continuously since then.
Likewise, many of the woman haters don’t understand that another fundamental aim of our movement is to drain the cultural swamp that breeds distrust and hatred between the sexes, rather than just to provide a platform for misogynists to vomit bile into the void. Indeed, the more the movement is simply a safe space for damaged people to vent, the less likely it is to actually create a society with healthy families and sexual norms.
And James O’Meara and company will lead the way to “create a society with healthy families and sexual norms.” Let’s not forget Anglin and the other heroes of WN2.0/3.0, including “I’ll divorce my Jewish wife” Enoch.
Politics is not therapy. The more our movement resembles a group therapy session—with the lunatics running the asylum—the less likely it is to achieve its political goals.
Kali Yuga! Endless feuding with Richard Spencer. Men Who Can’t Tell Time Snug In Their Hobbit Holes! The pot calling the kettle black, I think.
The idea of “white sharia” took wholesome and salutary truths about the differences between the sexes and their appropriate roles in the family and society at large and self-defeatingly packaged them in terms that bring to mind child brides, arranged marriages, rape gangs, sex slavery, polygamy, clitoridectomies, acid attacks, purdah, and dressing in dropcloths.
And yet Johnson publicly identified Anglin as one of the harbingers of WN 3.0. Thus, Johnson is a proponent of the very things he rails against.
Again: the White Nationalist movement has a better chance of winning if more people fight for us and fewer people fight against us. Thus it is self-defeating for a movement that is already small and marginal to launch bullying campaigns against entire classes of white people who want to help—including the more than 50% of the white race that happens to be female.
Oh, yes, women want to help so much. Go to any pro-White meeting and be overwhelmed by the female contingent. Also note how Johnson’s “let’s not alienate White people who want to help” applies to females, but mysteriously not to White ethnics, who have been vilified by Der Movement for a whole lot longer than the “sharia” memes have been around. But, we can’t threaten the affirmative action program, can we? A bunch of giggling female podcasters pose no threat to the monopoly, but competent male competitors…that’s a different story,
As I argue in my essays “Redefining the Mainstream” and “Against Right-Wing Sectarianism,” White Nationalism will win when it becomes the common sense of the whole cultural and political mainstream. There is nothing inherently Right-wing about the essential ideas of White Nationalism: for instance, that being white is a necessary condition of European identity; that the white race is being subjected to slow genocide due to policies that promote low white fertility and non-white immigration; that creating sovereign white homelands with pro-natal, pro-family values…
Certainly, Counter-Currents has always been a fount of “pro-natal, pro-family” values.
…is the solution to white genocide; and that Jews have played a leading role in promoting white genocide and blocking whites from stopping it.
Tell that to Zman.
But we know that victory is possible, because it was not too long ago that pro-white ideas were culturally and politically dominant.
And so weak and superficial that they melted away when exposed to fast-talking Jews, leading us to our present dilemma.
We need to take a nuanced stance on drinking, drugs, and other unhealthy habits.
What other “unhealthy habits?”
Thus young audiences find it real and relatable to watch Millennial Woes chain-smoking his way through his YouTube videos, or to listen to the countless podcasts whose hosts and guests are obviously drunk or stoned.
And these are WN 2.0, NOT WN 1.0. My point proven.
Imagine, for a moment, that the movement adopted Harold Covington’s General Order Number 10: for the duration of the struggle, no White Nationalist will use alcohol and drugs. We would gain much and lose nothing. First, drugs and alcohol impair judgment and effectiveness, leading to bad decisions and clumsy execution with predictably self-defeating consequences.
That’s the answer! All that mead let to the initial Hermansson infiltration.
We also need to take a nuanced stance on the return of costumed protests and brawls with Communists. The Old Right began by battling Communists in the streets of Europe. For a while after Trump’s election, it looked like those days were back as masked Communists (“antifa”) attacked Trump supporters in the streets. Naturally, Trump supporters, including White Nationalists, wanted to fight back. It was only natural to test the waters and see what was possible. At a certain point, however, caution and prudence were tossed to the winds. People got giddy and grandiose. The result was the catastrophic Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the costs and consequences of which are still mounting to this day.
All WN 2.0 enterprises.
The enemy’s chief weaknesses are promoting morally heinous and socially destructive policies based on lies, as well as being corrupt, decadent, vicious, and silly.
Sounds a lot like the weaknesses of Der Movement as well.
Is the story of the Alt Right over, or will there be a next chapter? At this point, we shouldn’t really care. Even if the Alt Right is dead, White Nationalism and white identity politics are very much alive, and it is the issues not the symbols that really matter. The Alt Right was just a brand. It was a useful umbrella term that created a discursive space in which White Nationalists could network with and convert people who are closer to the mainstream. But Richard Spencer…
…collapsed that discursive space with Hailgate. The much-reduced Alt Right movement that Spencer created under his leadership met its Waterloo at Charlottesville. At this point, the Alt Right movement is dead, and the brand has been irreparably tarnished.
And the people who predicted it should be listened to today, and the conformists who jumped on the bandwagon should be ignored.
This distinction is crucial because white nationalism thus becomes a logical extension of patriotism: “We have to assert that being white is a necessary condition of belonging to any European national group, although of course we acknowledge that a shared language, culture, and history are also necessary.” White nationalists are the true defenders of existing nation-states.
Why such nation-states and not regions such as Bavaria, Flanders, Padania, etc.?
Dr. Johnson also answers the question of whether “a worldwide European diaspora of a hundred flags, in which every self-conscious nation has at least one sovereign homeland” would lead to conflict and war as it has in the past. He argues that ethnostates would be “good neighbors to one another” because each would have a secure identity and sense of place that would encourage positive relations between peoples. Distinct homelands based on common peoplehood would encourage respect for the peoplehood of others and foster international trust. And even with distinct homelands, pan-European high culture and cooperation in matters of technology would help unify the white world.
And he has advocated European ethnies warring against each other and ethnically cleaning each other.
Despite his attachment to ethnonationalism, Dr. Johnson seems to suggest that today, racial solidarity is more important than national solidarity. Echoing Sam Francis, Dr. Johnson argues that whites are attacked as whites, not as Germans or Frenchmen or Americans. Thus, “[W]hen Europeans resist ethnic displacement, they will increasingly regard their race as their nation and their skin as their uniform.” One could even argue that at the current stage of our efforts, there is already a new “nation” of racially aware Europeans who have more in common with each other than their fellow citizens.
This supports my contention that Johnson’s hard turn to ethnonationalism was simply out of spite against Spencer and had no deep ideological foundation.
He criticizes those who “lack a worldview of their own” and instead “go shopping for a complete and ready-made system of ideas that they can adopt as a package deal.”
Der Movement in a nutshell. Emphasis on “nut.”
But isn’t “white nationalism” itself “toxic” and “highly stigmatized?” Dr. Johnson argues that “implicit White Nationalism is the animating principle of the growing populist-nationalist movements across the white world” and believes “we will inevitably move from implicit to explicit racial advocacy.” What now prevents this transition is a hostile establishment “already working feverishly, at nearly 100% capacity, to suppress white identity politics.” However, “when our rising consciousness exceeds their declining ability to control us, then we win.”
Implicit racial nationalism, not ethnonationalism.
But when will that time come? White advocates have been driven from social media, selectively prosecuted by a “conservative” administration, and cut off from means of fundraising. White advocates have less freedom to speak without fear of reprisal than before President Trump’s election. The White Nationalist Manifesto provides little guidance about how to reverse this process. The rise of overt anti-white hatred has also become mainstream since President Trump’s election.
With assistance from Trump and “America’s Senator” Antifa Jeff Sessions.
As Dr. Johnson notes, we probably can’t change the minds of those who think the white race should die. We can appeal to those who value white civilization but shy away from doing what is necessary to preserve it. This is the perfect book for the conservative teetering on the edge of racial awareness.
After all, we need more conservatives. Aggressive fighters all! Revolutionaries looking to the future!