Greg Johnson has penned a new article for Counter-Currents called “Rethinking the White Nationalist Conference.” Matt Parrott has written a response defending the national conference model and Greg has published a rejoinder to Matt.
My take on this matter: if it were not for a decision that I made to attend a White Nationalist national conference, I probably wouldn’t be married right now, and I surely wouldn’t have my son today who you can see on the right.
The last thing that the White Nationalist movement needs is to become more abstract, more intellectual, and more reliant on the internet than it already is now. The inevitable result of retreating from the real world into cyberspace will be to rely even more on anonymity, which will strengthen the taboos, generate more fear, cowardice, and conspiratorial paranoia in our ranks, exacerbate points of disagreement, and further impoverish the already low state of social capital in the movement.
I’ve been to a slew of conferences over the past three years. I agree with Matt that I attended those conferences for the opportunity to meet and enjoy the companionship of other people, not to listen to speeches about stuff that I already know, which I would rather watch without a hangover on YouTube anyway. I’ve met people who are now some of my best friends at these conferences.
I think the threat posed by “anti-fa” to our conferences is exaggerated. In just the last year, I attended three conferences in Tennessee (CofCC, The Political Cesspool, and Amren) and one in Alabama (League of the South) without incident. The Southern National Congress and Stormfront also held their annual conferences in Tennessee. I’ve also attended over a dozen protests all over the South (from small towns to large metro areas) over the past year and half without experiencing any problems.
Who wants to read Sperg lords on the internet engaging in pointless dick slapping contests over rival interpretations of Nietzsche and Julius Evola? Not me. What’s more, in spite of all the talk about the importance of cultivating fresh “ideas,” the basic goal of the White Nationalist movement, which is to replace liberal democracy with a White ethnostate, hasn’t moved a centimeter in at least the last 14 years.
If we want to do something truly valuable for the movement, we would be spending our time translating all these abstract ideas into something of real value, say, romantic relationships, families, real world communities, courage, trust, friendships, and organizational strength. Instead, White Nationalists remain atomized, alienated, divided over abstractions and marginalized in dark corners of the internet.
No amount of money, essays, or posting on glittering websites will suffice to change the present state of affairs. The change will have to come from within. A critical mass of people will have to decide that hiding out for decades behind a computer screen isn’t a life worth living anymore.
Note: If you are wondering why I have been so inactive lately, it is because the little guy above is absorbing so much more of my time! Also, Jack Ryan hasn’t gone anywhere. I’ve just been away and too busy with life to publish new articles.