Ferdinand Bardamu has written an incendiary article about White Nationalism that briefly touches upon some of the subjects that I have dwelled upon for months now.
I won’t endorse the “slam poetry” here. It is my intention to stir up a hornet’s nest in the comments. Those who are looking for a fight can join the one already in progress at In Mala Fide.
Instead, I will respond with my take on the major arguments presented in this essay:
(1) White people are their own worst enemy.
I can’t argue with that one.
My worst enemies are White people. In fact, virtually all of them are involved in some significant way with the White Nationalist movement. No one but White Nationalists have ever tried to cause me harm in the real world.
Ferdinand Bardamu is onto something here.
It was White people who planted slavery in America. After Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground, it was corrupt White politicians who put the 14th and 15th Amendments in the U.S. Constitution.
As far back as the 1850s, greedy White businessmen were conspiring to import a cheap labor supply from China. The same people are today the strongest supporters of “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Whites allowed Jews to hijack their cultural institutions. In fact, many White elites identified with the Jews, embraced the counterculture, and turned against their own people.
If I went and turned on my satellite dish, I could find at this very moment White women who make their living defiling their bodies for money in the interracial porn industry.
If you had asked Americans in the Early Republic who was their worst enemy, virtually all of them would have said Britain or France.
The Confederates believed the Yankees were their worst enemy. Even within the South, there were many Southerners who thought the Confederacy was their worst enemy.
Later generations of Americans were convinced that the Germans and then the Russians were their worst enemy. Today, there are millions of White Americans who believe that White Nationalists are their worst enemy.
If you had asked White Nationalists a few years ago who was their worst enemy, many would have said George W. Bush, and before that Bill Clinton. They would have at least run a close second behind the Jews.
When you ask White Nationalists this question, hilarity ensues: the worst enemy of Will Williams is Harold Covington, the worst enemy of Alex Linder is Jared Taylor, the worst enemy of Martin Lindstedt is Glenn Miller, the worst enemy of Mark Weber is Willis Carto, and so on.
I’m sure the worst enemy of Pepsi is Coke.
Let’s grant there is a lot of truth in this observation.
(2) Whites are divided.
This too is obvious.
You could make a really strong argument that the expansion of racial equality in America has been historically driven by infighting between Whites.
This has only happened on four occasions: the Revolution when Americans fought the British, the Civil War when Southerners fought Yankees, the Second World War when Americans fought Germans, and the Cold War when Americans fought the Soviets.
There were also periods in between these wars and conflicts when racial equality waned: the Antebellum era that followed the Revolution and the Jim Crow era that followed Reconstruction. I’m sure there are European parallels.
White Nationalism is more of an ideal than anything else. In reality, White people have always been at odds with each other. The ideal of racial solidarity was a constructive way of redirecting our innate aggressiveness toward outsiders.
(3) The Jews are not the cause of all our woes.
This is also true.
The Jews have done us a lot of damage, but they could have never pulled it off without the indispensable alliance they struck with the White elites who sold out their own people.
At the same time, blaming the Jews for our misfortunes and projecting negative energy upon blacks and Hispanics has the effect of channeling some of the negative energy in the White Nationalist community away from vicious infighting.
(4) White Nationalism is multiculturalism for White people.
There are similarities.
Blacks have built an identity around being victimized. The same is true of White Nationalists.
Blacks blame outsiders for their misfortunes. The same is true of White Nationalists who blame the Jews for the failure of White people to respond to their call to action.
If there is a real difference here, it is that White Nationalist grievances (many of which are justified) are not validated in our society. The American elite has no interest in addressing these concerns in the way that they do with other minorities.
This only fuels paranoia and conspiracy theories. It throws gasoline on the fire.
A Step Beyond
If we were to take a step beyond this critique of White Nationalism, we would ask the following question: can “whiteness” alone ever move a people into action?
My answer is no.
Just who are White people? Where is the White ethnostate? Why is a myth needed to shore up this identity? Can White Nationalists stop fighting with each other for five seconds? Can White Nationalists agree on anything?
In an emergency situation, such as the total collapse of the system which the vanguard always talks about, could you rely upon White Nationalists?
I mean could you really depend upon these people on the basis of ideology? Would you bet your life on it? Do you think people will die for a nation they can’t sing about?
There is a common thread running through all of the above: “whiteness” alone is a pretty weak source of identity.
“White people” are not a nation. “Whitemanistan” is not a state. If you ask White Nationalists to describe their nation-state, they can’t even tell you its name and location. Every White Nationalist group has its own flag and opinion on that subject.
The myths have to be created from scratch. They are still on the drawing board because there is no real substance to this identity. Just the scaffolding.
There is just a generic abstract model, a fantasy world, created by a few obscure intellectuals that appeals to various types of alienated people on the internet – Walmart cornflakes.
Most of these people have little else in common. They are not related by blood or culture. They don’t share a common history. The only thing that White Nationalists really share are grievances and abstractions.
That is probably why they spend most of their time fighting with each other. They don’t have what it takes to get this idea off the ground. That requires something more than being pissed off about the Jews.*
White Nationalism is just an ideology created by intellectuals who are satisfied with a nation that exists only in their own minds. People like that are perfectly comfortable living in a world of ideas. Their heads were already in the clouds.
Such a world has no appeal to anyone else though. No one is going to sacrifice themselves for something which is not perceived as real and immediate. They have to feel it in their bones.
The “freedom” that the American colonists fought the Revolution over wasn’t the abstract “freedom” and “tolerance” of Enlightenment philosophers (just ask the loyalists).
Even those who would sacrifice themselves for this rough sketch of an ideal (think of The Order) will break under pressure and turn against each other. The gaping hole in White Nationalism is the “nation” which is believed to need its own state.
Until something more substantial can be found to fill that vacuum (now you see where I am going), White Nationalism will never go anywhere. As a proposition nation, it will remain thin soup.
*As proof of this, notice how the people who are most pissed off about Jews usually hate each other too. In many cases, they believe their online enemies secretly work for Jews like Cass Sunstein.