I’ve spent the last few days at the 2019 League of the South Conference.
It has been quiet here lately because I have been so busy with my research, working on my speech and then going to the conference, delivering the speech and meeting with friends, fans and readers there. I returned home last night and spent the whole evening assembling some bookshelves. I’ve expanded my personal library this year to the point where new furniture was needed.
It was good to see James Edwards, David Duke and Dr. Kevin MacDonald again at the conference. In recent years, Dr. Duke has turned his attention to health and fitness and the declining health of White people. He gave a fantastic speech about the causes of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The advice that he gave about the need for sleep, sunlight and physical exercise and to cut out processed foods, sugar, seeds oils and excessive carbs from your diet was absolutely on point. After all, more White Southerners are dropping dead from obesity related illnesses than anything else these days.
There was a gentleman from Michigan who gave a thought provoking speech immediately before my speech. The speech was about how the Detroit that he was born and raised in and loved was destroyed and how White people these days seem to care less about their identity, heritage and posterity than a plastic shopping bag from Wal-Mart. The speech resonated with me because I have seen the same thing here in the South. He could have been talking about Birmingham, Atlanta or Memphis. Many Southerners are now as indifferent to their heritage as any other deracinated consumer anywhere else in the American Empire. They are fully absorbed in their own personal lives and defer to the same taboos.
This was the overarching theme of my speech. The South’s organic folk culture has been disintegrating since World War II, but the causes of this and the processes that are driving it are not unique to the South. The South is a province of the American Empire which is now the “leader of the Free World” and the architect and preserver of the liberal world order. The same story is playing out in all the other provinces and for the same reasons that are collectively part of the Empire and which are organized by its ideology. The Western Bloc as a whole has had a similar history since World War II.
There is a reason why I named this website Occidental Dissent, not Dixie Dissent. I’m a proud Southerner. I’m as deeply rooted in this corner of Alabama as anyone can possibly be. My family has lived in the same place for over a century now. I take a broader view and reject petty nationalism though because I recognize we are in a civilizational crisis. We are not in a cultural crisis unique to the South. If the South survives The Great Unraveling of the 21st century, it will be because the West as a whole has recognized the crisis and rebounded from it. It is highly unlikely that any single state, particularly one here in the very heart of the Empire, will be allowed to exist after a separate peace. Whether we like it or not, the fate of the South is bound up with the fate of the West as a whole a result of the 20th century.
The revival of nationalism and populism in the 21st century is a direct result of The Great Unraveling which in turn has led to The Great Replacement. The cause of this is the systemic pressures which are growing – social disintegration and widening income inequality – under the yoke of liberal democracy and free-market capitalism. We are not returning to anything resembling the World War I and World War II era when European nations went to war over the ethnic heterogeneity of Central Europe. It is more helpful to think of our present civilizational crisis as being analagous to the crisis the Eastern Bloc went through during the legitimacy crisis of communism in the 1980s and 1990s.
Millions of people have become “red pilled,” which is to say, they no longer believe in the organizing ideology of the Western Bloc. Maybe they were exposed to the Western equivalent of samizdat on social media. Just as Eastern Europeans ceased to believe in the lies of communism, Westerners are ceasing to believe in liberal democracy and free-market capitalism. We can see now what it has done to us and what the future holds in store for us. Just as with communism, the historical footprint of the Empire is massive and it has inflicted incalculable damage upon our historic cultures. Both liberalism and communism deracinated the masses in service to a utopian universal ideology based on materialism.
People are waking up from the dream of liberalism like Rip van Winkle with amnesia all over the Empire. They aren’t concentrated in any particular place. They are randomly distributed across all Western nations. They are socially isolated and politically marginalized dissidents. They lack a vision of what ought to replace the current system. These people have been separated from their heritage over the course of two generations. There is a spiritual and intellectual void there that is being filled by all sorts of random things. The alienation that leads to pagan Neo-Nazism can just as easily manifest as anarchism.
The task of nationalism in the 21st century isn’t to relitigate old ethnic feuds from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is to build back what has been lost over the last 75 years. It is essentially curing our civilization of a sort of collective Alzheimer’s disease which was inflicted upon our grandparents and parents generations by the liberal establishment during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The Germans have to exorcise the demon that has haunted them since World War II and learn how to be Germans again. The Swedes have to learn how to become Swedes again. Australians have to learn how to be Australians again. Finally, we all have to figure out what to do about all the aliens who live among us and how to deradicalize liberals and come up with a vision of our common civilization that can replace liberalism.