After giving it some thought, I have revised the tagline of this blog to bring it more into line with the 3.0 vision and values we have begun promoting here:
1.) Peace – From the beginning, this has been one of the strongest currents in our movement. It started with me with discovering Pat Buchanan and my revulsion against George W. Bush and the Iraq War in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, when most people think of “nationalism,” they think of World War 1 and World War 2 and the 20th century, even though no one in American politics is more adamantly opposed to international conflict than us and especially military conflict between Europeans.
It progressed from there to supporting Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012 and refusing to back mainstream conservatives like John McCain and Mitt Romney. I voted for Trump in large part because of his “America First” foreign policy and he lost me by embracing neocons like John Bolton and Elliot Abrams and fomenting instability around the world in Syria, Iran, Yemen, Venezuela and in Europe and Asia with the hostility of his administration to working with Russia and China.
We are nationalists, but unlike 20th century nationalists, we have learned from the mistakes of the 20th century and favor diplomacy and international peace over war. No one here wants to see World War III or anymore Iraqs or Vietnams.
2.) Populism – I’ve always been a populist. I have explained in great detail how I simply absorbed my political orientation from my traditional culture. The roots of populism in this area go back to the economic malaise of the late 19th century. In fact, Alabama spent most of the 20th century channeling these populist and progressive impulses into a wide range of social and economic reforms and it has only been very recently that this project was eclipsed by mainstream conservatism.
3.) Progress – This is a term which we are going to start reclaiming from “progressives” who actually hate things like reason, tolerance, liberty, free speech, freedom of assembly and other good things which are the legacy of the all the dead White males of the Enlightenment. These people are intoxicated by political correctness, identity politics and resentment and have lost touch with their own values and heritage. I’m not even joking when I say they are the real fanatics and the real bigots who now spend their time obsessing over things like whether or not they should be offended by the color of pink Yang hats or triggered by the misuse of a recently invented transgender pronouns.
This is the world that “progressives” used to imagine only a few generations ago – happy White people flying around in space in the 21st century. What happened to that world in the late 20th century? It feels like something really toxic and anti-White has seized control of progressivism over the last few decades and driven millions of people into the GOP as refugees.
Is this really progress? Is this where we wanted to be in 2019?
4.) Prosperity – I’m resurrecting this word from our ancestors and pushing it back to the forefront where it belongs as well. In most cases, our ancestors came to North America simply because they wanted a better life for themselves and their children. They identified freedom and opportunity with prosperity. This was especially true of the ancestors of White Southerners and most White people in Middle America who didn’t have any highminded idealistic purpose in mind when they immigrated to the United States.
Unfortunately, we live in a culture that is rapidly degenerating and an economy, which in spite of its dynamism, is effectively stagnating for most White people in the United States. White Nationalism and the Alt-Right never had a strong economic message or a cultural message which is strange since politics is basically an arena for contesting cultural and economic issues. It’s not even really just White people. The cultural degeneration and economic stagnation cuts across racial lines and is affecting people all over rural and urban America. We’re going to try to offer some solutions for everyone.
Note: As always, Occidental Dissent will continue to analyze everything from the same nationalist, populist and reactionary perspective. While the tagline has changed over the years, the perspective has never changed. I do think we need to start articulating our views in a better and more measured way though after everything that has happened since 2016.