The SPLC has written a new article about the Alt-South and my role in it. They get several things wrong about what we are trying to do though:
Where does the term “Alt-South” come from? Is it a rebranding?
Actually, it was inspired by my exchange with Vox Day who distinguishes between an Alt-White and Alt-West within the Alt-Right. If there are all these Alts now, I thought to myself: why not an Alt-South? If you think about it, the original Fire-Eaters were an Alt-South in the 1850s.
It sounded to me like a valuable piece of intellectual real estate which is why I seized it. I’m also claiming “Proud Goys” in contrast to Gavin McInnes’s group the “Proud Boys.” Again, I just liked the sound of it, but substantially there is something there. We’ve been building an Alt-South for years now before we had a name for it. Michael Cushman even published a foundational text on Southern identity called Our Southern Nation: Its Origins and Future which was the product of the year or so we spent tracing the origins of Southern culture back to the British Caribbean.
We’ve also talked for a long time about the scene that is larger than the League of the South and Southern Nationalism. At one point, we had planned to host a conference in the Smoky Mountains and the idea was to invite a bunch of people like Jared Taylor, James Edwards and Keith Preston who are not involved with the League, but who we consider allies within our region. Nothing ever came of that, but the idea of focusing on the larger scene and the broader network gave birth to the “Alt-South.”
There are lots of people who are involved with the scene, but who are not members of the League of the South. There are also people who have quit the League for one reason or another, people who are sympathetic but who identify as something other than Southern Nationalist, and the Dixie Deplorables who are American patriots going through the earliest stages of their awakening. Why not include those people in a larger amorphous subculture like the Alt-Right?
It is easier for our opponents to disrupt membership organizations. The Alt-Right has enjoyed a lot of success because it is not an organization. Indeed, it is full of people who hate each other, but what does it matter if they can all agree on, say, supporting President Trump?
What is our relationship to TRS Confederates?
Why wouldn’t we link up with TRS Confederates? Identity Dixie has recently emerged as a powerful voice in our scene. Of course we want to work with them.
What is our relationship with Richard Spencer and the Alt-Right?
As everyone has noticed, I’ve grown tired of the silly beefs and make light of them. It makes more sense to find points of agreement and work together to advance common goals. That’s the only way we will ever get anywhere. When Richard Spencer told me about AltRight.com, I jumped on board. I’ve long thought that some kind of centralized hub site is needed and was happy to contribute.
Why have I remodeled this website?
1.) First, it looks a lot better, and I only switched from the MH Magazine to MH Newsdesk theme.
2.) Second, I had long planned to do it anyway and it was a New Years’ Resolution. I’m going to be filling up the pages with lots of content soon.
3.) Third, I have learned a lot from observing the Alt-Lite brands.
Are we holding real world events?
The Atlanta Forum was a real world event!
Instead of holding public protests which facilitate doxxing, which are always occasions for fellowship anyway, and which are probably unnecessary in the Trump era, we are going to hold private meetups. Basically, we will hold an annual conference – the Atlanta Forum – and a series of small, private meetings in large Southern metros. That way new people can come off the internet, join the network, and get to know other likeminded people in their area in real life at minimum cost. Again, we are focused on building the larger network, not fighting with anyone or siphoning off members.
What is our relationship with the League of the South?
The only problem that I had with the League of the South, which the SPLC blew out of proportion, was on the question of violence. There are hundreds of things we can do to grow our movement, but following in the footsteps of Dylann Roof isn’t one of them. Those incidents are nothing but a distraction from what we ought to be doing. It is a source of division we should avoid.
As for the debate over violence, it is really the Left which is embracing and justifying political violence. They are the ones who are initiating violence. Dylann Roof was the exception, not the rule. In contrast, antifa violence is the rule, not the exception. Everyone in our community agrees that we should arm ourselves, that we have a right to defend ourselves and that we need a security force. We also agree that one day the Left might launch some kind of John Brown-style attack.
I hope it doesn’t come to that. If it does come to a larger conflagration though, it should be on them, not us. That way when we respond to their aggression our actions – like those of our predecessors – will be seen as legitimate and have the sanction of our community.
What should the Alt-South be doing?
As I said in my speech, the main thing we ought to be doing right now is adapting some of the things the Alt-Lite brands have been doing for our own purposes. Richard Spencer, for example, has begun to use Periscope. Vox Day has been using Periscope to do a nightly broadcast on his blog. Ideally, we need to have four or five Alt-Right primetime shows doing punditry on Periscope every night. In the long run, we can replace the talking heads that people get their news from on cable television.
I’ve used a combination of Twitter, WordPress and Periscope to document the condition of Selma in 2017. My friend Paul Kersey has written an e-book about Selma which he is promoting with Twitter. I’m using WordPress to do punditry now. I’m using Twitter to build up a social network and engage in discourse poisoning. We need to have a group of Proud Goys, a social media team, who do nothing but build social networks. Let them sit there and build relationships all day on Facebook and Twitter. That way when we have something we want to fire off to a large audience it will be instantly delivered to hundreds of thousands of people who will share it and spread it to millions.
Fundamentally, we need more people who are generating fresh and interesting content and building up massive social networks, not bickering on Facebook.
What is our relationship to the Trump administration?
As Southern Nationalists, the way that I see it is that we can either choose to be successful in the Trump era, or we can choose to be unsuccessful. This is only a phase. President Trump will be gone in 4 or 8 years and what really matters is the legacy he will leave behind. I’ve been writing for 16 years now and I will still be here when President Trump leaves office.
The Tea Party, for example, is more or less gone. It’s major legacy was polarizing the Republican Party to the point where Donald Trump was able to overthrow the Republican establishment. Just as Trumpism was the successor of the Tea Party, there will be a successor to Trumpism, and something after that, and so on. In the larger scheme of things, Trumpism was a necessary stepping stone.
I’m happy that civic nationalism is being given a trial. It is an advance over mainstream conservatism. I think we can win the argument on the playing field of nationalism. It won’t be difficult for us to show why civic nationalism is a failure and ethnonationalism is the way to go. We don’t have to do anything to show that civic nationalism is failure … just stand back and do nothing and say I told you so.
It hasn’t been two weeks and all the kumbaya happy talk about civic nationalism is already fading under the bright lights of reality. America’s divisions aren’t going away. Instead, the polarization is growing, the various divides are widening into chasms, and the country is becoming more aware every day that nothing unites us anymore. Hell, California might even try to secede in 2018.
So, I’m with President Trump for now. I think he is doing a lot of great things. I’m not going to pretend I don’t enjoy it when President Trump smacks down ‘civil rights icon’ John Lewis or takes action on issues I have long supported. In the long run though, I understand he is going to be gone one day, that all these wackos wearing vagina hats will be restored to power in Washington, that they will come back crazier than ever before, and that ultimately we prefer to rule ourselves (we’re getting a small taste of that now) and that the logic of our cultural disintegration and political polarization will lead to independence.
The Alt-South needs to focus on building Southern identity and stimulating a Southern national consciousness. We spent a lot of time at the Atlanta Forum talking about the racial, cultural, ethnic and religious solidarity of Dixie and how remarkable it is that our political unity has endured, and even seems to be growing, under all of these various disintegrating pressures. Before we can secede, there has to be a sense of an “us” that is different from a “them,” so we got to pick up where our ancestors left off with the defeat of the Confederacy. That’s a major task.