The SPLC has written an article about the 2017 American Renaissance Conference.
I was featured in the article even though I haven’t written anything about the conference. I’m not going to be in Tennessee this weekend because I already have plans to travel to Virginia for #UniteTheRight. Amren 2017 is sold out anyway and it is too expensive to attend both events. I also have family from Texas visiting us in Alabama this weekend and can’t be on the road.
When I wrote about White Nationalism 1.0, I drew a clear distinction between the two branches of White Nationalism. I wasn’t referring to American Renaissance or VDARE which have long been islands of stability and normalcy in the movement. Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow built their platforms decades ago. They avoided the vicious infighting of the 2000s, educated the next generation and transitioned into the social media age. VDARE and Amren are active on Twitter and YouTube.
I’ve never once had anything negative to say about American Renaissance or VDARE. I think the annual Amren conference is a great institution. I wish we had more such institutions and events. I encourage anyone who can be there this weekend to go and check it out. Richard Spencer is going and lots of my friends are there. The SPLC mentions an old feud that I had with Greg Johnson which ended years ago. As always, their goal is to stir the coals and create as much division as possible.
Here’s what I like about American Renaissance:
– It is a stable institution.
– It is a platform that has consistently generated content for 25 years.
– It hosts an annual real world conference which is a place where relationships can be formed and trust and social capital can be built in an otherwise anonymous scene.
– It has taken advantage of social media to amplify its message.
In my view, there is nothing to complain about it. Those who have a different message like Dr. Duke or Peter Brimelow are doing the same thing and are having a lot of success. There is never going to be a One True Organization or One True Messenger with One True Leader doing it the One True Way. The best we can hope for is specialization and cooperation with the movement.
My way of doing things is to foster coordination instead of infighting, encouraging our people to become more active and aggressive while building social media platforms and real world networks. We need stable organizations that cater to various niche audiences. Instead of indulging in violent apocalyptic fantasies, we need to build networks, generate content and get more organized.