Ideas have consequences.
I have been unfairly portrayed as an enemy of intellectuals and their ideas. That is not the case at all. Sitting right here on my bookshelf, I have a copy of Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences. I own thousands of books and enjoy reading, writing, and political analysis as much, if not more, than most White Nationalists.
You get two posts today.
While I was being accused of “anti-intellectualism” over the past few months, I was writing book reviews of Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals, Civilization and Its Enemies, The Next American Civil War, and American Insurgents, American Patriots. I was actually working overtime to diagnose the problems of the White Nationalist movement and prescribe practical solutions based on key insights that could allow pro-Whites to make progress in this tough political environment.
Several commentators have directed my attention to an essay written by “White Republican” on Metapolitics at Counter-Currents. I don’t dispute the importance of “intellectual work” to be done in the White Nationalist movement. It is the nature of the “metapolitical struggle” being proposed that I find objectionable.
I would like to draw a critical distinction between “effective metapolitics” and “ineffective metapolitics.” The definition of “effective metapolitics” would be “intellectual work” that is successful in narrowing the gap between White America and White Nationalists. Conversely, “ineffective metapolitics” is intellectual activity which is counterproductive and expands the artificial divide that now exists.
The weakness of this essay is that it is short on specifics. The author is correct that “each form of activism” should “complement and reinforce the others.” If the “metapolitical struggle” isn’t complementing the community organizing or the ground game, then obviously there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
Here are some examples of “effective metapolitics”:
1.) The Anti-White Concept/The Mantra – The most effective weapon of our avowed enemies is the sting that comes from accusations of “racism,” “nativism,” “homophobia,” “bigotry,” “sexism” and the like. Conservatives run away and hide under their beds when they are accused of this type of bad behavior. No respectable person wants to be associated with a “hate group.” Similarly, “diversity” is put on a pedestal as something that is inherently a positive good.
The enemy has been very effective at demonizing normal White behavior and pathologizing any and all forms of conservative resistance to their leftwing agenda. Conservatives have internalized the ridiculous anti-White double standard that it is righteous and just for blacks, Jews, and Hispanics to organize on the basis of racial and ethnic identity while White people who do so are moral monsters.
The “anti-White” concept is a rhetorical sledgehammer that can be used to break out of this self imposed cultural isolation. The Left can be accurately portrayed as being driven by hatred and animus toward White people. The idea that White people are the victims of anti-White bias and discrimination is already breaking out in the mainstream.
“Anti-White” is our “anti-Semitism.” It is the milk cow with a thousand tits. In particular, I would like to call attention to the great work of Bob Whitaker and Horus the Avenger, who have developed this concept into “The Mantra,” which is now gaining ground outside of White Nationalist circles. Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter now regularly call attention to anti-White double standards.
Their version of the “metapolitical struggle” is making it easier for ground based activists to talk to ordinary people about the racial matters that concern us.
2.) HBD/Racial Differences – The HBD community has created a lively underground discussion about the existence of racial differences. Arthur Jensen, Phillipe Rushton, Richard Lynn and numerous other scholars have methodically worked for decades to undermine the smug egalitarianism of the political class.
The most famous example of a successful broadside from the HBD community would be the publication of The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein. Less well known, but equally effective, Murray has another book called Human Accomplishment which is an empirical demonstration of Western superiority in science, technology, and the arts.
Nicholas Wade, a science writer at The New York Times, has been chipping away at Stephen J. Gould’s Mismeasure of Man for years. The work Steve Sailer has done in mainstreaming and popularizing HBD is similarly invaluable.
The figleaf of mainstream legitimacy has allowed Murray and Wade to reach a far larger audience than would otherwise be the case.
3.) The Sailer Strategy – Steve Sailer has spent years crunching the numbers and articulating the “Sailer Strategy” of GOP outreach to White voters. This is helpful in explaining to mainstream conservatives why open borders amounts to political suicide and why only an embrace of White identity politics can ultimately enable them to “take their country back.”
4.) A Conversation About Race – Craig Bodeker’s A Conversation About Race is a fine introduction to the race debate. It is trailblazing in that Bodeker has demonstrated what White Nationalists can do with film.
5.) Racism, Schmacism – James Edwards Racism, Schmacism is a helpful little book for disseminating Bob Whitaker’s Mantra (anti-racism is anti-White) to a mainstream conservative audience.
6.) The MacDonald Trilogy – Kevin MacDonald has made an invaluable contribution in creating a serious space for discussion of the Jewish Question. He has done us no small service in taking the subject out of the hands of the kooks and conspiracy theorists. He has demonstrated the reasonableness of anti-Semitism.
7.) The Ethnostate – Wilmot Robertson provided the White Nationalist movement with a sensible long term vision and center of gravity.
8.) Pat Buchanan – Pat Buchanan has done more than anyone else in America to tie together a coherent ideological worldview for White Nationalists. He has spent years explaining the connections between radical multiculturalism, political correctness, Israel and American foreign policy, differential birthrates, free trade, globalization, foreign wars, immigration, affirmative action, racial double standards, abortion and birth control, and the mortal wounds the World Wars inflicted upon Western Civilization.
No one else has done a better job at tying it all together for a White conservative audience. His many books about these subjects including Death of the West, The Great Betrayal, and Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War awakened thousands including this writer.
Once again, the importance of working within the mainstream with a fig leaf of legitimacy can be seen in the success of Buchanan’s work. Discourse poisoning is far more effective when it is done on the mainstream end and taps into conservative distribution networks.
9.) Sam Francis – Sam Francis was prescient in explaining the long term importance of the MARs constituency and Middle America. We saw that in spades two weeks ago. The importance of Francis is that he identified our target audience and our geographic arena of action.
10.) Birth of a Nation – Digging deeper into history, The Birth of a Nation singlehandedly led to the creation of the Second Ku Klux Klan and played an important role in the reconciling the North to the Jim Crow South.
11.) Darwinism – Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was undoubtedly the single most influential book in the history of ideas since the Bible and the Koran. It may ultimately prove the longest lasting.
12.) Passing of the Great Race – Madison Grant’s The Passing of the Great Race changed the immigration debate in America. Like Darwin’s Origin of Species or Murray’s The Bell Curve, it was a poignant illustration of the ability of ideas to shape political opinion … by working within the mainstream.
13.) The Tanton Network – Everyday without fail I check Imagine2050 to get the latest updates on their war against The John Tanton Network. The importance of John Tanton’s contribution to mainstreaming immigration restrictionism is obvious.
14.) Whiteness and Christianity – This is a field that is wide open for a “metapolitical struggle” of the likes which “Counter-Currents” advocates. We need some aspiring racialist theologian to prove that White Nationalism is absolutely 100 percent compatible with Christianity.
15.) Whiteness and the Founding Fathers – Historical revisionism is another field that is wide open to a “metapolitical struggle.” The raw White Nationalism of the frontiersmen of Colonial America, the Founders, the 19th century expansionists, the Texas Revolution, and 20th century American imperialism in Latin America is easy to demonstrate.
I haven’t gotten around to reposting the American Racial History Timeline. That was my small contribution to grounding the legitimacy of the White Nationalist movement in authentic Americanism.
See Thomas DiLorenzo’s books which chip away at the Lincoln cult.
16.) Authentic Americanism – Yet another wide open field. It should be a cake walk to write hundreds of books about how White racial consciousness shaped the American people and the very counters of the United States over a time period spanning over three hundred years.
The only scholar who has written a book close to documenting the destruction of traditional Americanism is the Jew Eric P. Kaufmann. This is a wide open field for aspiring White Nationalist scholars.
17.) The Passion of the Christ – Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ showed how the Jews murdered Jesus. It drove the ADL nuts.
18.) Whiteness and Morality – Another wide open field. White Nationalism doesn’t have anything like a go to moral philosopher like Kevin MacDonald. Frank Salter has made some contributions in this area.
19.) Alexander Solzhenitsyn – Alexander Solzhenitsyn has done important work on the Jewish Question which Kevin MacDonald has publicized. He has made it easier to talk about in Russia.
20.) Saul Alinsky and Lee Harris – Finally, Saul Alinsky’s ideas were of invaluable assistance in diagnosing what is wrong with the White Nationalist movement and how it can get back on track. Lee Harris’ concept of “fantasy ideology” was also applicable and insightful in many areas.
21.) Liberty and Whiteness – We need someone to prove that traditional American values like liberty, equality, and tolerance are absolutely compatible with White Nationalism. Aside from a few scattered communitarians, no one is doing much work on reviving the authentic republican tradition either.
Toward Effective Metapolitics
Those who advocate a “metapolitical struggle” to change the reigning anti-racist mores of American culture should be trying to make our job easier. There are any number of people (some of whom I have drawn attention to above) involved with or linked to the White Nationalist movement who are succeeding in doing just that.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are vanguardists who want to dig a deeper hole, reduce our effectiveness, increase the gap of alienation, abandon any pretense of a ground game, empower our enemies, and attach a moral and cultural stigma to White Nationalism. Their counterproductive activity is not helpful and it should be recognized as such.
It is based upon dangerous wishful thinking that civilization will collapse and they will somehow emerge in a Mad Max world as the benefactors. No thought is given to exactly how many White people have to loose their lives for the Elect to get to the promised land.
The trademark characteristic of the vanguardist version of the “metapolitical struggle” is that it is based on a radical sense of alienation and wild fantasy based thinking. They set up an abstract ideal of a White Republic and use it to devalue all real existing communities (which are formed by historical processes) on that basis. It is fool’s gold which is exposed upon close inspection as a false alternative.
The Hitler on a White Horse never comes.* Neither does the White Nationalist version of The Rapture which is usually referred to as The Collapse. Like a mirage in a desert, it has led countless White Nationalists on a neverending chase after the Aryan El Dorado.
The Great Disappointment was a major event in the history of the Millerite movement, a 19th century American Christian sect that formed out of the Second Great Awakening. William Miller, a Baptist preacher, understood by studying the prophecies in the book of Daniel (Chapters 8 and 9, especially Dan. 8:14 “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed”) that Jesus Christ would return to the earth during the year 1844. A more specific date, that of October 22, 1844, was preached by Samuel S. Snow. Although thousands of followers, some of whom had given away all of their possessions, waited expectantly, Jesus did not appear as expected on the appointed day and as a result October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment.
In every iteration of this particular fantasy I have seen, whether it be The Day of the Rope or White Nationalists on Mars, every Jew and non-White on earth has been exterminated and vanguardist fanatics (the true believers) ultimately emerge as the lords of the universe. I’m told that in some versions of the tale polygamy has been legalized and they even have their own version of the promised 72 virgins.
Ideas are great and wonderful. Just not every idea. Especially those that make us look foolish.