Jared Taylor has a response to Pat Buchanan’s recent article about how the Tea Party movement is an example of an emerging form of White ethnonationalism. He pretty much disagrees. Taylor points out that the Tea Party leadership is explicitly anti-racist, lacks the vocabulary of White dispossession, and is relentlessly focused on issues like government spending and overreach. More promising movements have come and gone, namely, the militia movement and the Minutemen.
These are all valid criticisms. I don’t take issue with any of them. Personally, I thought Buchanan’s column was a stretch too far, but I also think Taylor’s reaction is too pessimistic. To be sure, I don’t believe for a second that an explicit White ethnonationalist movement will evolve out of the Tea Parties, which the Republicans will milk until they are discredited, but I am convinced that all the polarization and anti-government sentiment the movement is generating – the political climate left in the wake – works in our favor.
If Washington loses its legitimacy in the American Heartland, especially a regime that promised to lead to lead us to a post-racial society, I can only see this as an opportunity for White Nationalists to capitalize on. The people who flock to our ranks (or at least have a passive interest in our discourse) tend to fit a certain profile: they are jaded, cynical White males of above average intelligence and education who have lost faith in the American experiment. In this respect, there isn’t much difference between the typical White Nationalist and the average Tea Party protester.
A few objections come to mind when comparing the Tea Party movement to its predecessors:
1.) Obama is the first black president. Americans have long flirted with the idea of a non-White president and a post-racial society (see Hollywood movies), but until recently this idea hasn’t been tried. Barack Obama campaigned on a platform that he would be able to bind up the nation’s racial wounds like Abraham Lincoln. He was given the opportunity to do so, failed spectacularly, and his most fervent supporters have blamed the latent “racism” of White America.
If Obama can’t lead America to the post-racial future, can anyone? For the first time in their lives, millions of White Americans have begun to ponder this question. The path to White Nationalism isn’t so much about answers as it is asking the right questions and working out their logical implications.
2.) Since the mid-1990s, in the aftermath of Oklahoma City, there has been a revolution in the media. Young Americans now rely more on the internet than television or radio for political analysis of current events. It is easier than ever before for us to get our message out. This is especially true in the age of Google and social media. For certain keywords (i.e., Amanda Kijera), a White Nationalist site is just as likely to pop up as the New York Times. The playing field is being leveled. Information is not as expensive as it used to be.
What does all this mean? In the past, White Nationalism wasn’t even on the radar screen. Now, if a Tea Party protester becomes disaffected with their leadership, they are only a few Google clicks away from an alternative perspective produced by any racialist blogger. In 2010, we have become competitive in a way that wasn’t even true in 2005. By 2015, when the iPad has replaced the laptop, we will be more competitive still.
3.) To be perfectly honest, the White Nationalist movement has only recently begun to get its act together. A few years ago, I wasn’t even willing to call myself a White Nationalist, as it meant being associated with all sorts of kooks and crazy people. There must have been millions of disillusioned Whites who took a look at White Nationalism from 1995 to 2005 and concluded the movement just wasn’t mature enough for them to join.
4.) The immigration situation is far worse in 2010 than it was in 1995. It affects far more Whites in far more states, not only in California, but also those in the Southeast. In Arizona, a majority of Whites have reached the point where the use of the word “racist” isn’t sufficient to cow them from supporting real “comprehensive immigration reform.” John McCain is fighting for his political life. Only a few years ago, that was unthinkable.
5.) The Bush years were dominated by mindless flag waving patriotards. The Tea Party protesters are so angry with the federal government that they are beginning to identify with other symbols like the Gadsden flag and state flags. From Oklahoma City to Obama, the federal government never lost its legitimacy in the way that it has now.
Conclusion: In 2010, we live in an America where millions of White Americans have lost faith in Washington, and have begun to search for other alternatives. The Tea Party movement is one alternative. White Nationalism is another. We need to bridge the gap between explicit White Nationalism and the implicit Whites who are flirting with the idea of making the jump.