According to Thomas Fleming and Chronicles, it has nothing to do with the preservation of your race, nation or ethnic group. These malicious concepts “flow out of the French Revolution.” They are the obsessions of “young, marginalized, emasculate young males who will never grow into manhood.” Racial nationalism is our greatest national tragedy and must be “prevented from infecting our discourse.”
I don’t think I will ever understand “conservatism” in any of its formulations. As many of you know, I have never liked the term. It is deceptive. In theory, a “conservative” is someone who defends the legitimacy of existing institutions, who dislikes social change, who wants to cultivate and preserve various traditions. It would seem to follow that an American conservative would incline towards defending America’s traditional racial mores. Instead, the entire conservative spectrum in the United States (from neocon to paleocon) remains committed to revolutionary anti-racism (an import from the Soviet Union).
Fleming’s reading of American history is strange. “Racial nationalism” was wholly an American product. Its origins can be traced back to the “rough and ready” seventeenth and eighteenth century settlers and frontiersmen who enslaved negroes and cleared the land of Indians. White racial consciousness in America was their legacy. In stark contrast, Revolutionary France abolished slavery, decreed equal rights for all free blacks and mullatoes in the colonies, and finally extended French citizenship to all men regardless of color. Ironically, those are exactly the policies that Thomas Fleming would prescribe for us today under the banner of “authentic conservatism.”
“Authentic Conservatism” does happen to include a number of points of mutual agreement. Here’s the red meat: the state of nature never existed, humans are naturally social beings, human nature is rooted in our genes, men and women have different natures, we have higher ethical obligations to our own kin than to strangers, social hierarchy is inevitable, the family is the primary social unit, “natural rights” and “human rights” don’t exist, rights are human constructs, morality isn’t a set of abstract principles, loyalty to a particular place is natural, the social order should not be undermined, secession can often be justified, etc.
None of these observations are in anyway original. They are not exclusive to “conservatism” either. It is more or less a non-liberal checklist. White Nationalists believe all of these things and a whole lot more.
In Fleming’s world, kinship for some reason doesn’t extend that far above the family level. Likewise, authority dwindles to almost nothing beyond the village and province. It’s philosophically consistent, but hopelessly antiquated and impractical. I chalk this up to the usual paleo fetish with the pre-modern. They also have a tendency to talk up the Vatican and the Middle Ages in the most glowing terms. Very few would actually prefer to have lived back then if the choice were really available.
The most recent installment on “authentic conservatism” includes a section on race. Fleming concedes that race is real and important, most likely to appease his audience, but emphatically insists that it isn’t everything. We have other conflicting social obligations whether they be to our friends, family, culture, colleagues, ethnicity, religion, and so on. Race isn’t “the whole ball of wax” or the “card that trumps all other cards.” No one ever said it was. This is a reasonable position, but it conflicts with any number of dismissive statements Fleming has made elsewhere.
White Nationalists harp on about their racial identity because it is denied to them. In contemporary America, you are only faulted for being White. You can be a Texan, a Southerner, a Christian, a resident of Houston, or a conservative without suffering any sort of penalty. These identities aren’t perceived by our ruling class as posing any threat to the status quo. Making a fuss about them is nothing more than playing safe politics. In contrast, white racial consciousness is hopelessly taboo.
Racial nationalism is thoroughly demonized because it is the only route to our regeneration. A racially healthy society will quickly take measures to end other social ills. Most of these followed in quick succession after the triumph of the Civil Rights Movement. Reversing the damage to our racial identity that occurred in that era must be the first step in our recovery.