Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Somewhere Between Neo-Nazi and Neo-Nancy

If you read the nonsense that comes from the "mainstream" and "respectable" media outlets, first of all shame on you. With the virtually unlimited sources of news and opinion available to pretty much anyone there is very little reason to ingest the "news" coming out of the Big Three networks, the major newspapers, CNN/MSNBC and yes even Fox News. Second, since the nomination of Donald Trump and the subsequent horror and outrage after he was elected to be our next President the media has been working overtime to lump everyone and anyone who didn't vote for Hillary Clinton as a racist and the easiest way to do that is to put all of those people under the umbrella of the "alt-right". It is my belief that the more someone in the media talks about the alt-right the less they actual know about it and the more certain it becomes that they have never read anything written by anyone actually associated with the alt-right. Of course it is also possible that some of them do understand the alt-right and do their level best to discredit and misrepresent it out of abject terror. 

Of course defining what the alt-right is with any sort of clarity and accuracy is a tough nut to crack, largely because the topics it touches on are so socially taboo and also because many of the loudest voices in the alt-right take a great deal of perverse pleasure in being misunderstood which provides them ample opportunities to mercilessly troll the crap out of people who try to pin them down. Those same loud voices also seem content to be a fringe group that would rather win a trolling contest than to actual move the needle on public awareness. Others are trying to disassociate themselves with some of the more extreme elements in order to actually make a difference in our country. I find myself more in the latter group which might make me less a less "authentic" member of the alt-right but I am also less concerned with being embraced by every part of the alt-right as a group and mostly concerned with speaking out on issues of white identity, nationalism, liberty, etc. The actual alt-right, distinguished from the media caricature, has the right and obligation to define themselves. I am not looking to come into the conversation at this stage and insist on dictating to them what they may or may not believe. I am simply intending to add my voice and hope that it advances the conversation and the cause in a productive manner.

So where does that leave me? I am like what I assume an awful lot of White people are like. I have always followed the rules, done my civic duty as best I can. not been a criminal or a drag on society, mostly just someone who wants to be left alone. More or less I have, at least publicly, kept my mouth shut about issues that cause people discomfort. As the years have passed and I became a husband and father (in that order) it was also pretty clear that something was rotting away at the social fabric of our nation. Imagine our surprise to find that we who were often the victims of this social decay were now being blamed as the cause of the decay. While blacks slaughter each other in ever-increasing numbers, the blame from the media is exclusively on White people who lawfully own guns and don't think it is rational to shoot someone down because they "disrespected" us. White people are told that whatever we have achieved as individuals, families and a culture are the result of "white privilege" even though it seems pretty clear to us that the achievements we have achieved are the result of actual effort, sacrifice and work. We are told that this country needs "an honest conversation about race" but it turns out that this "conversation" is a one-way lecture delivered by hectoring social justice types.

I also think that Whites, in other words Americans of European ancestry and culture, have a distinct culture that is worth preserving and in spite of myriad faults is still superior to other cultures. That is a serious no-no in our society. We are absolutely to show no preference for any culture other than to denigrate White European culture and for the aforementioned Whites to not "appropriate" other cultures by eating tacos or doing yoga or anything other than abasing ourselves and going about in sackcloth and ashes to atone for alleged crimes of all White people for all time. For heaven's sake we are never to suggest that one culture is superior to any other even when simple historic and contemporary evidence points out that it is true.

My goal is to look at flash-point issues. What does White identity mean? How do various political theories mesh with issues like race realism and nationalism? What about transcendent issues like being serious about the Christian faith (i.e. more than checking on a box on a survey and attending religious services once in a while) and how that meshes or clashes with racial realism and national identity? That sort of stuff. It might be boring but I think these are critical conversations to have (and I do mean conversations rather than lectures, screaming matches or trolling contests) because the issues that matter to me and I assume to many others who are part of the alt-right will never more than fringe curiosities unless we are willing to boldly, without apology, engage in intellectually robust arguments contra the prevailing and degrading culture. That is my plan. We will see where it goes from here.

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