Southern Nationalism has a bright future.
In the comment section, I said I was going to address this subject in my next article. I had been planning to lay out my thoughts about this, but got distracted by the criticism of the White Lives Matter rally on the Nick Fuentes show. Palmetto Patriot has beaten me to the punch.
It has been a wild two years for Southern Nationalism. From the summer of 2015 until the spring of 2017, the rise of Donald Trump and the Alt-Right overshadowed everything we were doing. This only began to change around April when frustration with the direction of the Trump administration burst to the surface after the military strikes on Syria. Until then, I know that I was personally mesmerized as everyone else and absorbed by mainstream politics which reached a fever pitch and climaxed in General Bannon’s nationalist populist revolution in the 2016 presidential election.
Since April, the League of the South has participated in some form in Richard Spencer’s speech at Auburn, the Nationalist Front rally in Pikeville, KY, the Battle of New Orleans, Unite the Right in Charlottesville and the White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville. This year has been remarkable for the fact that there has been a return to street activism and we have come into contact with so many other groups which we didn’t interact with previously. More than anything else, this is due to the rise of Antifa, the more polarized political climate and the embrace by our opponents of political violence.
New Orleans was a good example of this: Southern Nationalists, Patriot groups, Confederate heritage supporters, Alt-Lite civic nationalists and Alt-Right groups all coming into contact for the first time and getting cross with each other over ideological differences. The rise of a popular front was due to the common threat posed by Antifa. In New Orleans, there was also the Take ‘Em Down NOLA movement, and in Charlottesville there was a similar effort to remove Confederate monuments. This was resented by a wide variety of groups which came together at Unite the Right in August.
Southern Nationalism was swept up in this. It happened in 2015 after the Dylann Roof church shooting in the backlash against the removal of Confederate monuments. It happened again in 2017 when the Confederate monuments issue heated back again and the streets became more violent. I think it is a good thing that we now have allies and we look forward to working with them again in the future. No one should get the impression though that this is all we are going to be doing.
As the weather turns colder, we are going to have a series of League of the South public rallies. The first of these events is scheduled for December and more details on that will be released soon. I believe Trad Worker is going to be doing some of their own events as well in the Midwest or Appalachia. There won’t be another big Nationalist Front event until January or February at the earliest. In the meantime, we are going to do some of our own events which will focus on familiar themes.
Get ready, South Carolina. We’re coming back.
In hindsight, I am not sure if I would change anything about the last two years. I feel that President Donald Trump and his message of “Make America Great Again” needed to happen. It had to happen to finally show our people that the system will never be reformed, conservatism will never conserve anything and even when given absolute power Taking Back America isn’t going to go work.
There is no stopping the cultural polarization which is creating political gridlock. We’re growing apart as a nation and no amount of wishful thinking about Hope and Change or Making America Great Again is going to reverse that long term trend. We need to be embracing polarization and balkanization. Acting as a cultural vanguard, there is much the League of the South can do to spur it along.
We don’t need a million members to raise the question of Southern identity. What do we get out of the US Empire? What do we get out of electing weak politicians like Lindsey Graham? What happens after Trump tries and fails to Make America Great Again and our people realize there is no going back? Southern Nationalists are already playing a bigger part than ever in that conversation.
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