“A viable Southern alternative capable of drawing a large portion of the mainstream Southern public to our side is definitely possible. If we stick to a few key issues where we have broad support then SN can become an influential movement. On the other hand, if we descend into a spiral of vantardist black-pill rhetoric (which will drive off normies and associate us with the next Dylan Roof) then we will not grow or gain influence. Sadly, I have seen too much of the latter on social media. This venting and signaling never helps our cause; its temporary high from postering and proving how “hard core” one is comes at a big cost for our cause and any group affiliated with such rhetoric.”
For years now, I have made it clear in this space that I have a low opinion of “vantardism.”
By “vantardism,” I am not referring to vanguardism in the sense that Greg Johnson or Richard Spencer use the term, which is to say, an intellectual vanguard focused on metapolitics which can be combined with political activity in the diluted form of a mass movement. This is basically what we are seeing in the interaction between the Alt-Right and Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement.
Vantardism starts with an apocalyptic mindset. It is the belief that only a tiny minority of Whites can ever be awakened. It is the belief that all political activity is hopeless and that only small, cohesive groups of hardcore revolutionaries or lone wolves acting on their own initiative can bring about change through violence. Vantardists prefer to shun interaction with the mainstream and retreat to some place – like, say, a mountaintop in West Virginia – where they can form small cells of true believers.
I believe the opposite is true. I think the majority of Whites can be awakened. I think our ideas are increasingly popular, that political activity isn’t hopeless, that long term historical trends are on our side and that we should aim to create a large mass movement full of people who are less radical than the ideological vanguard. I believe we should have patience with disaffected people who are not as radical as we are, build relationships with them, find common ground and calmly persuade them that our ideas are correct. In my view, BREXIT, Trump, and the success of the European nationalist parties are all proof of this.
Dylann Roof’s belief that he could single-handedly ignite the RAHOWA by shooting up a black church – in the process, killing 9 random black people – is the polar opposite of my view of sound strategy and tactics. If those 9 black church ladies had died in a traffic accident on a church bus, it would have had no political significance, but by turning them into martyrs Roof succeeded in catalyzing a wave of cultural genocide in the South. In hindsight, we would have been better off if Roof had just become a junkie.
We live in an age of riots, mass shootings and terrorist attacks. We’ve had all three within the last two weeks and all of that violence has had amazingly little impact on the system. Last weekend, Arcan Cetin, a Turkish immigrant, shot up a mall in Washington State. Who will even remember it happened two weeks from now?
If Trump loses in November, which as of today is the most likely of my two scenarios, we can expect a wave of secession fever to sweep across the South. Undoubtedly, the wave will recede before January, but some valuable new people might be left behind in its wake. The legacy of Trumpism will haunt the mainstream for years as people who found their way into the movement via Trump continue to radicalize. This is what we saw happen with Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul. If past is prologue, Trump’s “wake” will be the largest yet.
In such a scenario, our message should simply be – SECEDE, because at this point why not? America, clearly, isn’t on track to be great again. We shouldn’t get lost in the weeds on countless other issues like violence, theology and other minor points of disagreement. Instead, we should promote the idea of “independence” which is destined to become increasingly popular in Hillary’s America, keep it real vague, and let disaffected people attach their own fantasies to the idea. This is why Trump has had so much success with “Make America Great Again.” It is an idea so vague that it can mean countless things to millions of disaffected people and that papers over their many divisions.
What should we say we are for? INDEPENDENCE. Just say that Texas or Alabama or Tennessee ought to have a BREXIT-style referendum on it. I think that is an idea which could gain traction. As for the “Day of the Rope,” I think that might be a harder sell. At best, Holy Martyrdom might dominate the news cycle for a few days.
Americans don’t have the attention span to be moved by small-scale acts of violence. Even large-scale acts of violence like 9/11 were a boon to state power. Calm persuasion, not violence, remains our most effective tool.
Note: In my recent speech in Arkansas, I addressed this issue around the 4:30 mark. Specifically, I warned against moving further away from our people at the exact moment that they are coming around and moving closer to us on issues like immigration, trade and secession. This is true in both scenarios.