Editor’s Note: This is my response to a recent article by Andrew Anglin and Nick Fuentes who recently did an interview with Mike Enoch.
What is the Hard Right’s strategy?
I’ve called it the cultural vanguard strategy. We’re going to hold public demonstrations, assert our values like men in the public square and go from place to place in the South and Midwest, growing stronger along the way as we attract and gather more angry, alienated, disaffected White Americans.
The goal is to smash the existing taboos with blunt force and create polarizing social media spectacles. We’re going to normalize pro-White activism. This is what we set out to do in Charlottesville. The reason that Charlottesville was so powerful is because of the number of people who showed up. Unite the Right wasn’t a bad idea. We simply picked the wrong location to do it.
Why does the Hard Right hold rallies?
In order to be taken seriously, we have to be a real world movement, not a bunch of anonymous shitposters online indulging in a fantasy of revolutionary change. I said that Charlottesville was going to be the greatest triggering of all time. It was even more triggering than I thought it would be. The reaction to Charlottesville was unlike the reaction to all previous events because we demonstrated power.
By coming together in the real world, we create bonds of trust and solidarity which simply can’t be formed on the internet. We take people who have been converted to our ideas and make them invested in our cause. It isn’t enough to raise awareness. We’ve got to go beyond that. We also generate massive publicity which attracts the attention of new people who simply didn’t know that our movement exists.
Should we hold rallies on private property?
This isn’t a bad idea.
Before Unite the Right, we talked about holding a Whitestock type of event on private property. We simply didn’t have the time to do something like that in Shelbyville and so we put it off until 2018. It is something the Hard Right is going to do and it is already in the planning stages.
The private property event minimizes concerns about doxxing and violence. If Antifa tried to disrupt Whitestock, they could be arrested for trespassing. It is a good idea and something that works for softer supporters who are new and unprepared to stand with us on the frontlines. It accomplishes the goal of creating greater trust and cohesion. We’re not going to be taken seriously though as a closeted movement. If you don’t really mean it, you’re going to be ignored.
In the future, we will hold private property events in conjunction with our public rallies. We did this in Pikeville. In Shelbyville, we had a meeting at a state park.
I’m afraid of public rallies.
The Hard Right isn’t afraid of public rallies.
I’ve participated in over 30 rallies and Charlottesville was the exception, not the rule. It turned out that way because the police stood down and didn’t do their jobs. This was a failure of the local government. We’re simply going to avoid places like that or hold controlled flash rallies there. Unfortunately, we picked the single most liberal spot in the entire South to hold Unite the Right.
In Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia and Tennessee, the rallies we had there generated a lot of publicity. It roiled the area and the state which was a good thing. The aim of Richard Spencer’s college tour is to do something similar. It stirs up an area and draws attention to our movement.
We can pass out fliers.
This is a good activity for softer supporters.
I’m not going to countersignal fliers. We’re going to start doing fliers ourselves. It is an action though that mainly generates local publicity. The opposition covered Auburn in fliers.
We should hold targeted flash rallies.
In Shelbyville, we planned to hold a flash rally at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch. The idea was to do a candlelight march, say a prayer at the church, lay a wreath and mourn our dead to show our love of our people. Unfortunately, a reporter leaked and Louisville Antifa caught wind of it. The last thing we wanted was a brawl with those idiots at a church and so we had to cancel the event.
I think private property events and flash rallies are a good idea. In Shelbyville, we originally planned to hold a private property event and flash rally in conjunction with our White Lives Matter public rallies. We can get stronger numbers when we do this in conjunction with public rallies. The catch with flash rallies is that you limit turnout to people who are already members of your organization. They also don’t have the same effect unless you come with significant numbers or target a very symbolic location.
Charlottesville 3.0 is a good example of this. The Identity Evropa flash rally earlier in the day at the Jefferson Memorial didn’t generate much attention. Going back to Lee Park had symbolic value. It was a charged location and a story which is why that flash rally got as much attention as it did.
There are three paths to a successful fascist revolution: military coup, foreign invasion, elections
This is false.
It might be true of fascist revolutions in Europe and South America. It isn’t true of American history. There have been two revolutions in American history and both were the culmination of intense polarization: the American Revolution, which separated the United States from Canada and the British West Indies, and the War Between the States, which separated the Confederacy from the Union in 1861.
The Southern fire eaters never created a mass movement in the 1840s and 1850s. They never took power in elections either. Instead, they helped to dissolve the Union as a cultural vanguard by fanning the flames of polarization. They intensified sectional conflict to the point that the two-party system broke down and the “irrepressible conflict” took on its own momentum after Bleeding Kansas.
In the 1840s and 1850s, the culture of the South radically changed. There was, so to speak, a metapolitical revolution in Southern identity. The 18th century civic nationalism of the Founding Fathers was displaced and gave to way to 19th century intellectual currents coming from Europe:
“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. …”
The key phrase here is “errors of the past generation.”
The conflict with the Yankee opened the Southern mind to new ideas. Confederate nationalism was a blend of old Republican states’ rights theory, ethnic nationalism, 19th century racial science, and especially the rise of romanticism and honor culture. Greece, Rome and Medieval Europe were an inspiration to the slave-holding Confederacy as it shed itself of the leveling ideology of the American Revolution.
We should be investing our time in electoral politics.
A year ago, General Bannon succeeded in his nationalist populist revolution. Trump was poised to MAGA … or so we thought. Fastforward a year later and the GOP Congress has unanimously condemned us, Trump signed the Charlottesville resolution and we are debating tax cuts.
The result of investing all our time in electoral politics was returning the same people to power with the same ideas and the same policies. The first thing that Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush did was tax cuts. The phrase “Make America Great Again” was used by Reagan in 1980.
Did Ronald Reagan’s landslide victories Make America Great Again? Did George HW Bush who presided over the creation of the New World Order? How about the 8 years of George W. Bush? What about the Tea Party? Finally, what has changed as a result of MAGA? Nothing has changed.
Republicans are doing what they always do. They run on cultural issues like gay marriage (2004) and illegal immigration (2016). Once they get in power, it is nothing but favors for banks, large donors, corporations, etc. That’s why Gary Cohn of Goldman Sachs became Trump’s top economic adviser. Doing the Tea Party over again and replacing one crop of cucks with another will change nothing.
Charlie Crist was establishment. Marco Rubio was Tea Party. Nikki Haley who took down the Confederate flag in South Carolina was also Tea Party. Many of the worst cucks in Congress have been there for only one term like Ben Sasse, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner and James Lankford.
What are we talking about now under Trump?
THEY ARE CONDUCTING MANHUNTS for a posting a piece of paper that says "It's okay to be white"… Are we living in a totalitarian dystopia? pic.twitter.com/lr19MvQvFQ
— Meme Alert™ (@MemeAlertNews) November 3, 2017
We have people in hoodies and masks taping a piece of paper that says “It’s Okay To Be White” to doors of buildings. What does that say about conservatism? Does it say we are on the verge of Making America Great Again or rather does it say it has come to this after 50 years of conservatism?
Yes, it has come to this because decades of electoral victories which haven’t amounted to anything for us. The DOW Jones is doing great and someone, somewhere in a nice mansion in the Hamptons is making a lot of money. Wealthy people can look forward to a big tax cut. We’re not going to waste our time to advance the careers of more cucks who are just going to spit on us and call us ethnonationalist losers.
We should embrace Americanism and Americana?
I’ve already chronicled the history of this poisonous, destructive civic nationalist ideology which for the past 200 years has pushed the extremes of liberty and equality under democracy to its logical conclusion, undermining our culture and shredding the social fabric of our nation. By the 2000s, Americanism had been reduced to sportsball, jingoism, commercialism and the decaying universalism of liberal ideology. There isn’t a liberal democracy anywhere which isn’t dying like the United States.
Americanism has been a Star Spangled cancer for the White race.
The present controversy over shopping and sportsball isn’t a symptom of the strength of Americanism. On the contrary, it represents something that is clearly dying, as the remaining pathetic pillars of our national identity succumb to an intensification of our cultural polarization. We’ve lived to see the demise of Joe Six Pack and Sally Soccermom and big box stores which so many of us remember from the 2000s.
There is a strain of Duginism in the Alt-Right
As with the antebellum South in the 1850s, the perceived failure of Americanism is causing disaffected White Americans to explore new cultural currents. In the Confederacy, this took the form of 19th century racial science and the culture of honor which had been inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s novels. The transatlantic conveyor belt of ideas never stopped with the American Revolution.
These people want to destroy America
America is going to fall apart as a result of its own civic nationalist ideology. When you base a nation on abstract ideas and the notion that a country can be a miniature United Nations, the result will be that “Americans” (these being people who have the right documents and who stand with two legs on our Magic Dirt) will fight bitterly over ideas and all other sources of division.
Is cornball Americana really the best way to go? Who are we trying to appeal to anyway? Let me guess … the eternal normie conservative. Fuentes thinks we should spend all our time pandering to blue collar Catholic voters in Janesville, WI. We don’t have any confidence in reforming the system. Instead, we need tough and hard people which break the taboos and force the issue into the public square because there aren’t any politicians who are going to do so.
We need to be a united political movement
To do … WHAT?
Do we need to be united to not talk about race and advance the careers of Josh Mandel and Joy Villa for they can get elected to Congress and MAGA? How did all these based minorities like Tim Scott and Nikki Haley work out for us? What is there to gain by propping up conservatism with memes? Is there a single one of those cucks who was strong enough to vote against the Charlottesville resolution?
Charlottesville was a turning point
After Charlottesville, we saw who was strong enough to move forward and who couldn’t handle the pressure and went back to being normies or retreated into conservatism. We need more such clarifying moments because such trials reveal things about our character like when Andrew Anglin said on his WordPress blog he had been a character and this is all a joke.
What was the point of White Lives Matter?
I’ve already explained the main three reasons: draw attention to refugee resettlement and the Emanuel Samson church shooting, turn the page on Charlottesville by holding a peaceful event and foster cohesion and solidarity within our own coalition. In addition, we wanted to show the world that not everyone had backed down after Charlottesville, and that the Hard Right is here to stay.
I’m having problems understanding the message you were trying to send
No one else had this problem. The message was #WhiteLivesMatter. It trended all day on Twitter in the United States. It wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Also, the event was known throughout Tennessee as “White Lives Matter,” and the major headline was “White Lives Matter Rally Ends Peacefully.”
Your optics were terrible
We’re not trying to reach the same audience.
The Hard Right optic we are going for is “I don’t want to fuck with those guys.” Those guys look like the sort of people who will kick my ass, not fix my computer. I’m worried about all these violent leftists that I see on television. I want to join a pack of wolves, not go to CPAC.
Did Tyler Durden want to become the wage cuck Narrator in Fight Club?
Normies want to escape from their boring, meaningless lives. They don’t want to be reminded of their workplace. This is a big theme in movies and television shows in popular culture.
Of all the optics we can choose from in popular culture, why pick the most boring, banal one out there? Why pick the aesthetics of The Office or cornball Americana?
The news coverage was bad
No, the news coverage really wasn’t that bad considering. The headline was “White Lives Matter Rally Ends Peacefully.” There was far more negative coverage on Twitter. The Tennessean and New York Times stories were pretty good and much fairer than what I saw elsewhere.
We’ve seen this with conservatism. This guy is to the right of me and has said something controversial. I disavow, I disavow … leave me alone. I don’t think we are going to get anywhere by policing our associations, weak optics and showing lack of confidence in our ideas to pander to normies. The weakest approach of all is to not even be explicitly White and get coopted into conservatism.
What is the tactical value of holding rallies?
You’re talking about us, right?
This will hurt anyone running for office
Are any of these people going to embrace White identity politics? The answer is no. That’s a ball we are going to have to move by ourselves as a movement. As things stand today, Trump talks about every group out there except the Whites whose votes he knows that he can take for granted.
I just can’t get behind all this European stuff
Torch marches are not European stuff. They used to be commonplace in the South. The same is true of White identity politics. We used to have more interesting politics before conservatism. Suppose we did something like whar Golden Dawn does every January in Greece. Who would the country be talking about? Would it be something like this or a piece of paper?
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