As everyone knows, despite writing about Europe almost exclusively, I actually live in the United States.
And here in the U.S. we have had quite an eventful few days.
In talking with lots of folks, reading a variety of websites on all sorts of topics, checking out comment sections, etc, it seems quite a few people are suspicious that the mainstream media narrative isn’t quite congruent with the underlying dynamics at play.
All regular readers of this site will have a clear idea of what is going on as well, but I feel like it is worth documenting in very plain language just what is occurring in the U.S. right now.
I am a big believer in the saying (might be a Peter Brimelow-ism but I’m not sure) that beyond the hope to influence the course of events, the additional reason to write about this stuff is so, at the very least, our descendants know that not everyone alive today was insane or cowardly. In that vein I think its worth very clearly setting out exactly what is going on in America, given the fluidity of events in the last 4-5 days.
What Is Going On
-Last saturday, seven young Millenial men attempted to give speeches in front of a statue of General Lee that was due to be torn down in Charlottesville. Each of these young men to some extent or another self-labels with the moniker ‘Alt Right’.
-They planned this for a number of reasons, including 1) the fact that taking down confederate monuments is only the first step in what will escalate to monuments to the Founding Fathers (already being advocated by many progressives), to Theodore Roosevelt (already argued for in New York last year), etc. Tucker Carlson (see below) articulated this same argument on his program this week. 2) they understand (many of them having been progressives themselves, just like I) that progressivism is a inherently escalating, utopian, purity-based ideology. As our own ECW contributor Michael Gladius cogently laid out, it is a belief system based on legalism and blind emotion, rather than on natural law or even reason. Much like Takfiri Islamism, it is defined by steadily deepening ideas about what constitutes purity, in which adherents must continually ‘double down’ through increasingly strenuous purity tests and purges to keep its energy going, until (usually) the ideology at some point in time burns itself out, usually after inflicting massive suffering in its drive for this ‘purity’ and utopianism.
-These young men I am referencing- much like myself- look at things from deeply historical angles, and in so doing they see the immense destructiveness and evil of progressivism, not just in relation to our history but in relation to the future. They see that- if successful- it can only end in the destruction (suicide) of the West, and the end of ‘white people’ both culturally and to a certain extent literally, complete with massive suffering (a la Rotherham, Cologne, the Bataclan, etc) in the meantime. Paradoxically, some of those catalyzing that process are themselves white, but but that is because they have either converted to or been raised within the religion of progressive-negationism, and literally support the end of their own culture and race for ideological/metaphysical reasons (white people are inherently evil, we are uniquely guilty, absolution for our ancestors’ evil can only be achieved through the end of ‘whiteness’ on earth, etc).
The below video is germane to this, as it shows the ‘progressive coalition’ chanting ‘fascist USA’ and tearing down a confederate monument in Durham in the wake of Charlottesville.
-These ‘alt right’-affiliated individuals attempted to hold speeches in front of the statue in Charlottesville last saturday in a classic ‘activism’ type way. Yet in so doing, they unintentionally made it easy for kooks larping as KKK members and Nazi’s to show up and ruin it. Also, tragically, a mentally-ill 20 year old with a history of schizophrenia drove his car into a bunch of people. Now, granted those people were mostly Antifa, but the optics were still horrible, and completely failed at William Boyd’s moral level of war. (I should add though that from watching the video I think its at least 40% likely he freaked out/suffered a psychotic break from the fear that arose from Antifa smashing his car with baseball bats and screaming at him (which occurred BEFORE the crash), and that in that regard it wasn’t ‘intentional’ in the way the media is framing it, but a tragic accidental response to the arising fight or flight mode their attacks put him into).
-Since then, the entire media (a chief pillar of the religion of Progressive-Negationism) has been working feverishly to blame the violence on ‘white supremacists’ (despite none of the original speakers advocating white supremacism), and to make it appear as though they wanted this mentally ill kid to run someone over, etc. They twist the facts and lie to make it appear as if this was some old-fashioned KKK thing from the 1950’s, or Neo-Nazi “The Order” thing from the 1980’s, when that is not the case. And, of course, they attempt to use all of this to discredit Trump, exactly as Rich Higgins’ memo outlines.
-Credit should go to Donald Trump for not going with this narrative just to minimize controversy. At an-extremely combative Press Conference yesterday, Trump refused to go along with the simplistic narrative that this was “a terrorist incident caused by evil Neo-Nazis'” and explained that it was more complicated than that, that there were bad people on both sides, and that if we accept that all confederate statues should be taken down we are opening the door to the same with those of Washington and Jefferson, and essentially declaring our entire nation’s history to be illegitimate.
-It remains to be seen what will happen next. I think the press has erred in trying so hard to tie this to Trump, as I think it is backfiring. Both Tucker Carlson and Michael Savage, who I think best represent the vast majority of white Republican voters, took the same side as Donald Trump in this matter.
The question is- where does America go from here?
If it is to survive in its current form that can only happen by 1) progressivism being defeated, and some kind of authoritarian civic nationalism uniting everyone in the country as best it can (although as we all know, the 21st century does not bode well for the nation-state system, especially highly heterogeneous nation-states), or 2) by the country breaking up into various smaller entities, so that each can be more unified and high-asabiya, unlike the vast, un-allied, chaotic, low-asabiya nation we have today. This second possibility is the one that I believe most of the original speakers at the proposed UTR rally support, rather than any form of ‘white supremacy’ in which they rule over non-whites. Indeed I would wager they even sympathize with blacks having to live around confederate statues, and would be more than happy to give African-Americans their own homeland within what would be the former borders of America.
The problem for #2 though is that there are virtually no state governors or other such political leaders who would ever dream of advocating for such a vision. It would also be too destructive to the wealth of our ruling elites, as it would severely impact gdp, the stock market, and a million other things. Indeed, it is the exact opposite of the globalism and global mass-movement of peoples that our globalist elites are trying to instill worldwide.
As a result, this suggests that America will only see more division and violence and messyness in the near future. I will be writing more about this, because there are a host of other reasons this stuff is only going to get worse over the coming decades, mainly due to technology and the continuing evolution of economics and society.
Yet still, the fact that these issues are even being discussed provides great hope, so that- God willing- the evil that is progressivism will ultimately fall away or be extinguished, and some kind of good outcome achieved for the country and all its various peoples.
The questions that are tough to answer are: a) what will happen from here? b) will Trump survive the next three years or will his enemies be able to end his presidency prematurely? and c) can Progressivism keep building more and more power, as it has for the last four decades, or is its power starting to wane?
Fascinating times we live in, that is for certain.