“Now, the temptation is to throw yourself down the hole of self-loathing, despair and Trump-bashing. The remains of the alt-right have chosen that course. Richard Spencer sounds like a racist Bernie Bro. Many White Nationalists are lining up behind Xena The Warrior Princess. The error here is these people think if they don’t show up, the Bad Humor Man will stop coming around. In reality, they will not be missed, as there is always a long line of normie whites willing to lick the turdsicle.”
Here’s how I would describe our current thinking and strategy for engaging with mainstream conservatism and the Republican Party which I have labeled positive accelerationism and destructive criticism:
1.) We should stop engaging in activities that do not add value. If an activity is a net loss to our movement, then we should not engage in it. This is why there are no more street rallies. The risk of clashing with Antifa and having more people get doxed, get sued or go to jail is too high. The costs of engagement outweigh the benefits. Also, if there are none of these street rallies, then there is no reason to argue about optics.
2.) We should double down on activities which do add value. The reason that the Alt-Right came into existence in the first place is because it offered a critique of mainstream conservatism that disaffected people found compelling in the George W. Bush years. This is what our supporters found valuable about the Alt-Right. We were offering them ideas, perspectives and takes which they weren’t getting from the mainstream Right. The only advantage of being “fringe” is being independent and completely free to tell the truth and this is our comparative advantage to conservatism. The people who are satisfied with conservatism and the status quo have no reason to read our websites or join our movement.
This is why our current strategy isn’t street rallies or violent accelerationist mass shootings or survivalism or mainstreaming and trying to impress and infiltrate and influence conservatism with displays of optics. It is what I call destructive criticism, which is articulating a relentless, thoroughgoing critique of conservatism and the values of mainstream society from our perspective, and positive accelerationism, which is expediting the demise of Conservatism, Inc. by discrediting it in the online space and by withdrawing our support from Republican candidates.
Destructive Criticism – From a strategic and tactical standpoint, I would recommend that a 3.0 movement adopt destructive criticism as opposed to, say, “optics” or violent accelerationism as its primary approach to the “mainstream.” Instead of doing that, I would study what worked in the Reformation and the Enlightenment which was simply a relentless critique and mockery of the intellectual foundations of the dominant social order. Luther and Voltaire had the right approach.
Positive Accelerationism – Now that we have accommodated ourselves to reality and accepted the fact that we live in the United States in 2019 rather than in some other place we fled to after becoming alienated, we’re ready to work together to accomplish our political goals:
The easiest way to topple Conservatism, Inc. and shake things up would be to leave the Republican Party and join the Democratic Party. We can have a greater disruptive impact by going into the other political party, pulling it back toward the center of the electorate and by cancelling out the votes of all the bigots and fanatics in that party who are our enemies. It’s strange how voting for a better Democratic nominee sees less obvious to most people in the 1.0 and 2.0 movements than violent accelerationism. We don’t want the collapse of civilization so much as the current political alignment. In this way, we can collapse the mainstream Right with minimal effort while possibly collecting $1,000 a month. If voting for a Democrat is too distasteful, however, then sitting out the election or voting for a third party candidate to collapse the GOP would have the same effect.
At the end of a day, the result of your politics is going to be either a blue dot or a red dot or no dot on a single day. The candidate who gets the most blue dots or red dots to win the electoral college becomes the president. Politics is a team sport and the goal is to assemble the greatest coalition of dots on your side. The race of the people behind the dots really doesn’t matter.
Is this a permanent solution? No, it is merely a temporary solution to the decadent state of the mainstream Right. It is the equivalent of using a plunger to remove Charlie Kirk.”
3.) The polls show that the Alt-Right or White Nationalists are currently anywhere from 3% to 6% of the American population. Pretty much everyone who is involved in this movement is a voting age adult which means we are a higher percentage of the electorate. We fall within the stratum of the White population that is disaffected. This stratum of the population is at least 10% of Republican-leaning voters.
4.) Republican electoral victories depend on activating voters motivated by White grievance. Anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of White Americans are motivated by White grievances. There is a divide between explicit White Nationalists over the racism or White identity question and between this larger swath of White voters who are resentful, but afraid to embrace explicit White racial identity and White Nationalist politics. Basically, this group largely agrees with most of our grievances, but doesn’t want to be called racist. It sees the anti-White hate though.
5.) The goal of Republican strategists is to inflame this vast group of voters who are motivated by White racial grievance and combine them with just enough racial minorities and White suburbanites to win the White House. As the White electorate has diminished and White grievances have grown, the GOP requires an ever higher bar of White voters to remain competitive and an ever higher level of red meat to maintain their interest.
6.) The Republican Party is controlled by its donor class who have bought the policies. The legislative agenda pursued by the GOP is totally at odds with its campaign rhetoric. We vote to Build the Wall. We get corporate tax cuts, saber rattling against Iran, criminal justice reform, etc. This isn’t an accident. The GOP is controlled by an oligarchy which is manipulating and exploiting its base in order to deliver the things its investors want.
7.) The donors who control the Republican Party are men like the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Bernard Marcus and Paul Singer. Their worldview and values are totally at odds with White Nationalists. If we continue to vote to reelect the GOP, we are going to continue to get the things that these rich people want like spending the last six months accusing the Democrats of anti-Semitism. The Republican base is there solely to provide a platform for these people to stand on.
8.) Conservatism, Inc. exists to keep these people in power by remaining plausible to voters motivated by White grievance and to keep us out of power. In the 2016 election, we thought that Donald Trump was beating these people and breaking down the barriers between us and the mainstream. After the election was over though, he sold out to the Republican donors, took over the machinery of Conservatism, Inc., dropped us like a hot potato and pulled back the Overton Window.
9.) The growth of populism and nationalism in the United States isn’t being driven by Donald Trump. He is only one man who rode the wave to power. It is being driven by mounting social and economic distress in the White electorate which in turn is being caused by the breakdown of the liberal paradigm which reflects scientific and technological assumptions which are no longer operative in the 21st century. We’re still early in the process which will continue regardless of the outcome of the 2020 election.
10.) There are only two plausible ways that our relationship with Conservatism, Inc. and the Republican Party changes: either the GOP runs out of White voters and ceases to be viable after states like Arizona, Florida, Texas and Georgia slip away from the Republican column, OR, it ends prematurely in a White populist revolt. This is what Trump’s voters thought they were doing in the 2016 election, but their champion was a populist demagogue, not a populist ideologue, and sold out to the oligarchy like countless demagogues before him have in American history.
In conclusion, if we are serious about changing our relationship and status within the Republican coalition, then we are going to have to force it to change. We have to exploit our advantages over conservatism. These advantages are free thinking outside the parameters of the current norms (the -isms and the -phobias), independence from donors, the relative absence of grifters and careerists, thousands of hours of unpaid volunteer work and our ability to create and drive narratives in the digital space. It is within our power to become a serious headache for them by savagely critiquing and mocking their narratives and denying them plausibility in the eyes of disaffected voters who share our grievances.
“The right answer is a point Greg Johnson has been making. Instead of stomping off in a rage, the disaffected Trump voters need to engage more forcefully with those normies so they stop accepting the choice on offer. You can’t do that if you are on the sidelines or joining the other team. Things change when the Bad Humor Man is faced with a crowd that refuses the choice between the turdsicle and the fishsicle. When that day comes, he either stops coming around or he gets better inventory.”
We’re not stomping off in a rage.
We are highly engaged in the 2020 election cycle, but this time we are making fun of both sides. We’re not trying to reach conservative normies who are asleep and content to Trust The Plan because the only thing that will wake them up is Blompf losing the 2020 election. Instead, as was the case during the George W. Bush administration, we’re trying to reach the people whose eyes have been opened by the failures of Blompf and the Republican Party over the past two and a half years.
This is our objection to the AmNats and their mainstreaming strategy. The conservative normie is asleep and doesn’t care about displays of optics. It is pointless and high risk for dissidents to invest so much time and energy in displays of optics that aren’t attracting normies. It is a waste of time to carry water for Blompf and Conservatism, Inc. who are excluding us from representation in the Republican coalition and pushing policies which are sold to the billionaire mega donors. Insofar as mainstreamers have tried infiltrating conservatism, they have consistently been purged. Their strategy will not force Conservatism, Inc. to change anything. It will not force the GOP to change either because it can take their support for granted as it delivers the policies and rhetoric its investors want.
The funny thing is, the AmNats want the conservative normies to wake up. They want to impress the conservative normies with their optics. They don’t want to offend the conservative normie. The problem is that as long as Blompf is in the White House and Q is feeding them bread crumbs then they will be satisfied with that. Their attention is focused on their own personal lives right now which makes sense. Blompf has told them that they are winning as he takes their guns away and they believe him.
The only way to reach normies, as opposed to the disaffected, is to have a Democrat in the White House. As long as a Republican is in the White House, we only seem to reach the disaffected and for now at least that is who the Dissident Right should be catering to.