Editor’s Note: Here is Southern Future’s take on “worse is better.”
Lately, I’ve done a lot of thinking about the “worse is better” theory.
In one sense alone, I agree that “worse is better”: repeated political and cultural defeats generate raw anger and alienation among Whites, which sometimes works out to our advantage. Undoubtedly, the mainstreaming of homosexuality and gay marriage by the Supreme Court alienated many traditional Christians from the United States. Similarly, the attacks on the Confederate flag and Confederate monuments have radicalized more than a few Southern heritage activists over the past year and a half.
Here are the problems with the “worse is better” theory:
1.) Backlash Politics – It should be obvious by now that ANYONE can benefit from backlash politics in the electorate.
When the Jim Crow South fell to the Civil Rights Movement, it was Richard Nixon, the Republican Party and Conservatism, Inc. that benefited from the White backlash. When Wall Street crashed in 2008 and the Iraq War spiraled out of control, it was Barack Obama who benefited from the White backlash. In 2010 and 2012, it was the Tea Party that benefited from the White backlash to Obama, which elected Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. In 2014, Senate Republicans harnessed the White backlash to elect Ben Sasse.
Right now, I know lots of Southern secessionists who are bitter that Donald Trump and his “Make America Great Again” platform has reaped all the benefits of the White backlash against the Obama years, but once again this only goes to show that ANYONE can capitalize on a White backlash. It is a dangerous mistake to assume that YOUR GROUP will benefit from a White backlash and therefore you don’t have to do anything but wait for your inevitable vindication once the passive masses “wake up.”
If Donald Trump loses in November, I predict the Texas Nationalist Movement will be the primary beneficiary of his defeat. I also predict secessionist groups that we have never heard of will sprout up out of nowhere. Many of these people will be clueless Rainbows flirting with secession and will fold when they are branded with the Scarlet R. Given what we know about backlash politics, it could really play out in any number of ways.
2.) Fear and Apathy – The second major problem with the “worse is better” theory is fear and apathy.
White backlash politics is driven by raw anger and alienation, but these sentiments are checked by fear and apathy. If you have been around as long as I have, you know exactly what I am talking about. I’m referring to the people who will say “I agree with you that race exists” and “these Jews are terrible,” BUT what will I do if I am called a “racist” or an “anti-Semite”? I can’t afford to lose my job. I can’t come out of the closet because of what various people (i.e., my wife, employer, friends, family) will think.
As things get worse and the repression increases, the better takes the form mainly of venting our frustrations under anonymous pseudonyms on the internet! This type of resistance doesn’t really challenge the status quo though. It allows new norms (things like integration, gay marriage, cultural cleansing) to take root. When that happens, racial and cultural attitudes gradually shift in real space and those battles are lost.
Apathy is an even bigger problem. What comes after anger and alienation? In many cases, it is not radicalization (and bang – RAHOWA!), but resignation and acceptance as people move through the stages of grief. There is nothing sadder than walking into a Wal-Mart and seeing the look of total defeat and acceptance on the faces of White grandparents as they stroll their multiracial grandchildren around the store.
Have you been inside a Wal-Mart lately? It looks like the bar scene in Star Wars or the assorted freaks in the Capitol in The Hunger Games. Look into the eyes of those American zombies who have been stripped of their identity and utterly drained of their spirit. Do you believe those people are on the verge of “waking up”?
3.) Defeat Isn’t Victory – In the last year, we have had two major cultural defeats: the attacks on the Confederate flags and Confederate monuments, and the legalization of gay marriage. According to the “worse is better” theory, these stinging defeats should have led to a massive influx of new recruits into our ranks who have been awakened to the reality that America is lost. Did we gain more than we lost though?
4.) Inaction – Finally, the “worse is better” theory is a prescription for inaction. Every defeat is interpreted as a secret victory. All that victory requires for a true believer is to do nothing while maintaining the faith. The world will fall apart and White people will “wake up” – one day! – and realize we were right all along. Either that, or the RAHOWA/White Revolution will break out – finally! – and we shall emerge victorious.
What does that sound like? It sounds to me like any number of groups with an apocalyptic mindset who have predicted the end of world throughout history. This type of advocacy of inaction combines with White backlash politics to ensure that someone else always reaps the benefits of the White backlash!
That someone always turns out to be the individual or group that acts to capitalize on the anxiety of the White masses … Richard Nixon and the Southern strategy, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, a Donald Trump, etc. In Europe, there are populist nationalist parties – UKIP, Front National, AfD – who do act and who have managed to harness the White backlash. They are not burdened with the “worse is better” mindset and have rejected passiveness in favor of maintaining an active political presence.
I will leave you with a final thought: “worse is better” only if you are in a position to capitalize on the backlash – to swoop in on your 747 like Donald Trump has – and channel anger and alienation into a political response. Otherwise, worse is just worse.
Note: Southern Future mentions South Africa as a place where it got so worse it never got better.