What Trump’s Election Means For Identitarianism

What Trump’s Election Means For Identitarianism
December 9, 2016 Admin

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Counter-Currents on December 5th, 2016.

Last April, I wrote an article for Counter-Currents called “What Would a Trump Presidency Mean for Europe?” In it, I — like so many others in our neck of the political woods — predicted that Trump would win the election, and I discussed the impact I thought his victory would have on the situation in Europe.

Now that Trump has indeed won the election, and now that we have had a couple weeks to see his first steps as President-elect, I want to revisit the topic, but expand it to a slightly broader vista.

As a result, this article is about the implications of Trump’s win for Identitarianism as a whole, worldwide, and is split up into six areas or conclusions.

One: The Counterculture Has Entered the Mainstream

One of the most fascinating and inspiring aspects of Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House was watching the vast counterculture that grew up around his campaign. I, like the rest of us, was raised to always associate the Left with counterculture, and anything that was “cool,” “edgy,” or “rebellious.” However after four straight decades of the Left dominating our society, and with the Democrats selecting Hillary Clinton (a stodgy, establishment dinosaur) as their candidate, it is not shocking that the Trump campaign finally extinguished that sorry narrative.

Indeed, we saw the rise of poetry, music, art, and esoteric frog-inspired religiosity associated with Trump’s name. It would take multiple articles to even begin cataloging this phenomenon, but with Trump’s victory that counterculture has at least in part been catapulted into power along with him. This was a remarkably swift transition — the equivalent of if Eugene McCarthy had ridden the hippy movement to the White House in 1968, only more so.

Now, by saying that I do not mean to imply the counterculture and Trump’s administration are one and the same. Both this counterculture and the Alt Right (the two overlap to a significant but not complete degree) are distinct organisms that will continue to thrive regardless of what happens with Trump’s presidency. Moreover, should Trump turn his back on the Identitarian issues that fueled his rise, these forces will be the first to oppose him. Furthermore, the regressive left still controls public K-12 education, the universities, the media, the tech industry, and a million other things. Their co-conspirators on the globalist right share power with them nearly everywhere else. This means Identitarianism is still squarely in the “rebel” column.

Nevertheless however, with the Presidency being the most visible and symbolic power center in America and the world, to ignore the counterculture’s presence in that spotlight would be naïve. As so many within it have jokingly declared since November 8th, “We Republicans now!”

Two: Progressive Politics Did Not Get Time to Jump the Shark

This is one big negative of Trump getting elected, as Hillary winning might have finally pushed progressivism over the edge, and sent blue hair, ear gauges, and the “transgenderism movement” into the dustbin of history. With Trump winning the election we will instead have to suffer through the doubling down of such elements. Effete male liberals will get even lispier, angry feminists more irate, and the Left in Europe will virtue signal even harder by increasing the numbers of Muslim “refugees” they let in, just to show how superior they are to us ignorant, racist Americans. Aging punk rock “rebels” like Green Day will chant anti-Trump attacks identical to those of his most powerful corporate-establishment critics. Just as bad, we will have to suffer through the return of Bush-era liberal icons such as Jon Stewart (or Jon Leibowitz, as Trump correctly calls him), and Michael Moore.

Three: America Just Became the New Staging Ground for War in Europe

Donald Trump is more red-pilled about the situation in Europe than any American politician in our lifetime. He has said that Angela Merkel’s policies are “crazy” and have “ruined Germany.” He has also commented extensively on “no-go zones,” mass-rape, and all the other horrors of Muslim immigration. This is significant in several ways.

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First and foremost it is important because it creates a far more favorable atmosphere for people to speak out against what is happening in Europe. I, for one, am much more comfortable writing about European politics, and advocating for regime change in Western Europe and the repatriation of Muslim citizens, now that Trump has been elected. The contrast is sharp. Most Identitarian authors writing about Europe for websites like Counter-Currents and others could be arrested if they lived in Sweden or Germany. We have been blessed already with far greater freedom of speech in America, but Trump’s election solidifies this ground tremendously. The election of Clinton might have very well meant the opposite.

Americans and Europeans will now be able to interface to even greater extents to fight for the survival of Western Europe. American websites will better be able to serve as a platform for European dissidents who oppose mass immigration. Europeans who seek self-defense or paramilitary training will have an easier and more comfortable time coming to America to learn those skills. Cultivation of American-European Identitarian ties can be a healthy, open process, as the goal of ending the Muslim-facilitated destruction of Europe is now shared by the United States’ executive branch.

On the government level we will see the same exact scenario play out. Already, Trump has been working more closely with Nigel Farage than with Theresa May. Already Steve Bannon has reached out to the National Front in France — and, interestingly enough, not to Marine Le Pen the more mainstream party leader, but to Marion Le Pen her more firebrand and Identitarian niece.

I hesitate to allow myself too much hope in this regard, but it seems commonsensical to assume the Trump administration will attempt to push Western Europe away from the brink of suicide and back to politics of survival and rationality. All this should give those in Europe great hope.

Four: White Political Self-Interest Has Re-Emerged in the West

For many years white people in America voted entirely based on non-tribal, non-racial interests. I am amenable to the argument that in a real “civic nationalist” America — one that seeks to downplay racial differences and solidify national cohesion at the expense of racial identity — this is a good thing. The problem is of course that progressives made that impossible. They did so through (1) the implicitly and explicitly anti-white ideologies of progressive-Marxism that they pushed, and (2) their successful attempts at winning elections through whipping up anti-white animus among non-white voters, not to mention white guilt and white self-hatred among upper middle class whites.

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With all these factors in play white American voters finally realized they had no choice but to vote based on tribal, racial interests as well. Van Jones called this “whitelash” in the days after the election, and sought to portray these voters as the typical “hate-filled racists” we have heard about a million times before. In that regard he was wrong — as their choice had nothing to do with “hate” — but he was right they were voting based on racially (or at least tribally) conscious reasoning. They resented the media regarding them as hicks and rednecks, they did not want Muslims coming to America and replicating what was happening in Europe, and they did not want their grandchildren to be minorities in their own country. Ann Coulter had been writing about these issues for years, but Trump was the first Republican candidate to come along and actually speak to them, and in so doing he created a tidal wave of support that brought him to the White House.

What is even more important however is what effect this will have from this point forward. I hesitate to posit too clear a future, but I do feel that now that they have embraced such voting patterns they are not going to want to return to where they were. I think the era of McCain/Romney Republicanism was very demonstrably ended in this campaign. The Overton Window has shifted, and if Progressives continue doubling down on the demonization of average White people, I think these White voters will only be pushed further in this direction. They may not stay huge Trump fans — the body politic is notoriously fickle, and presidents’ poll numbers nearly always decline during the course of their office — but this Identity-based voting will stay with them beyond the political zenith of any one leader.

Five: America May Stay a Majority White Country

As progressives never tired of declaring in recent years, America has been sliding ever closer to being a minority-white nation instead of the majority one it has been since its founding. They confidently repeated the demographic predictions that would see whites become an ever-shrinking piece of the population, and rejoiced at such prospects. And they seemed to have every reason to, as most folks (regardless of their thoughts at the prospect) assumed only a miracle could forestall such a development.

Donald Trump, however, could very well end up being that miracle. His opposition to illegal immigration and (what seems like) his distaste for legal mass-immigration might just mean that America’s demographics stay roughly the same over the next few decades. Or, at the very least, that we do not see mass demographic replacement on par with Western Europe.

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The effects of this would be many but are also somewhat hard to tease out. One thing common sense would tell us would be affected is our relationship with Mexico. A return to static demography may mean that instead of a 2050-era America being a vast multicultural state with a large number of Hispanics identifying with a homogeneous and culturally strong Mexico next door, we instead see a more traditional dynamic in which a white America balances out against a Hispanic Mexico, especially if Mexico’s likely economic growth acts as a magnet drawing Mexican-Americans back into its borders.

Similarly such a demographic picture would have implications for our relationship with Europe. It seems rational to posit that a majority white America several decades from now would have much stronger relationships with the (hopefully) still homogeneous nations of Eastern Europe, rather than with the multicultural Western European nation-states a multicultural, Hillary Clinton-crafted America would side with. This will depend of course on whether there are Western European nations left at that point that are not fully Islamic though. Given the likelihood of European elites doubling down on national suicide as a politico-religious response to Donald Trump’s rise, that question is as fluid as ever.

Six: The Importance of Meme Warfare and Alternative Media Has Been Established

This has been called the first election won by memes, and I honestly do not think that is hyperbole. Trump won almost 50 electoral votes by a combined total of 160,000 ballots, and there are certain pro-Trump websites that might have influenced that many people alone.

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In terms of alternative media, Breitbart made a massive splash over the course of the campaign and the election, showing that a rogue third party news source with little mainstream credibility could build a massive audience rivaling CNN, NBC, etc.

On an individual level we saw something very similar. A number of relatively non-mainstream writers and commentators, such as Scott Adams, Mike Cernovich, and Ricky Vaughn (to name just three), had impacts vastly outsized compared to what we might have seen in past elections. There was also of course the rise of the “Alt Right” and its relevance in the Trump campaign, which deserves an article (or book) in its own right.

Also of revolutionary importance was the impact of leaks and the alternative media involved in their publication. Not just Wikileaks — who the Democrats sought to blame on Russian espionage — but other groups such as DC Leaks and Project Veritas as well. These groups and the information they provided allowed Americans — particularly White rust-belt Americans who had been voting Democratic for decades — to see just how dirty and treasonous their politicians were. They recognized that their needs and concerns were the last thing on the mind of the effete Progressive liberals who were running the Democratic Party, and as a result quite logically switched their votes to Trump.

Finally, all of this was compounded by the despicably one-sided coverage the mainstream media gave of the election. Much has already been written about this and the fallout that has resulted from it, but suffice it to say the overall information landscape shifted violently in 2016 — to the benefit of Identitarianism, and to the detriment of establishment cosmopolitanism.

This hopefully portends further shifts in this direction. This is a subject that fascinates me because of the profound (and positive) implications it would have both for our people and for us as writers/thinkers/meta-politicians. It is quite possible that by 2020 or 2024 certain YouTube channels and websites will have greater clout than formerly “famous” mainstream journalists. Certain websites might have more viewers see their livestreams than CNN has viewers of its television station. There might be many Breitbart‘s representing a variety of Right-wing ideologies, and the combination of these sites, and all these other mediums and figures, could shift the political discourse to a degree that drastically changes conditions across the Occident.

Conclusion

2016 has been the most fluid, interesting, and hopeful political year in my lifetime. It has opened up possibilities undreamt of even two years ago. Whether or not Trump succeeds in “making America great again,” the forces unleashed during his campaign have revolutionized the Western political landscape, provided excitement and hope on an unprecedented scale, and opened up the bounds of the possible to an extent few thought possible. Trump’s victory will have a pronounced impact on Identitarianism, but of greater importance still will be Identitarians’ ability to harness those bounds and in doing so dictate the course of future events. If 2016 serves as a point from which to extrapolate, there should be justified optimism in that regard.

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Comments (10)

  1. Rick 7 months ago

    I would argue, that the Globalist Marxists did have a “Jump the Shark” moment in the election of Justin Trudeau he is the ultimate virtue signalling SJW. His highest level of achievement prior to the election was working as a part time drama teacher at a high school. In the private sphere his highest level of achievement was as a snowboard instructor, (and yet smug Canadians question Trump’s experience) It will harder to surpass Trudeau in the style over substance, and hard to surpass the great migration in sheer leftist lunacy. I believe that we will look back at 2015 as the pinnacle of PC culture, still along way to go but the Marxists have hit their high water mark.
    I would also say that I think this threat to our civilization in many ways has been a good thing, collectively we were sleepwalking towards an abyss. We may look at these events as a type of Hormetic Stressor, in the same way that some exposure to a toxin builds a defence towards that toxin we are probably at that stage now, of course the concern is that we are past that stage and have in fact received a lethal dose. The problems of pathological altruism etc… in Europeans would have to have been dealt with sooner or later if we are to begin advancing again.

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      Admin 7 months ago

      I definitely agree we will look back at all these events as a welcome catalyst to regain our drive towards survival.

      Trudeau is certainly as over the top as any SJW character I can think of. That voice of his is the worst, and perfectly matches his sychophantic, cuckolded politics and personality. I could definitely see Trudeau being one great big red-pill for Canadiens… Question is whether it will bleed over into the states or anywhere else (I hope so!).

      It will be interesting to see how things do indeed play out with our people long term… I do feel hopeful though.

  2. Robert Lee 7 months ago

    You know, I entered this year thinking, “Christ this one’s gonna bad.” 2014 was pretty bad, 2015 was just awful, and 2016 was going to be apocalyptic. But, by Providence it seems, this year has been one big “fuck you” to everyone and everything that I hate in society. It is a good time to be alive, my friend, a good time!

    And don’t worry too much about the Left in this case. All good things have a bit of bad mixed in, but I see the liberals digging in their heels as a boon to us rather than an obstacle. Remember that social engineering requires good pacing. For example, the normalization of sexual deviancy started off with the Sexual Revolution back in the ’60s and only just recently got to gay rights. Now that the Left is panicking, they will try to accelerate the process and start making mistakes.

    Also, while the crybabies get over the five stages of grief, they embarrass themselves in front of the general public. General Mills told its Trump-supporting employees to resign, a CNN panelist bashed whites on air, major media personalities are calling for Trump’s assassination, etc.

    Honestly, I think we’ll have less to worry about now as the Left’s crazy antics turn people off and they start looking for alternative viewpoints. At the risk of sounding too hopeful, we may even have a mass redpilling wave. Whatever happens, however, we’ve been dealt a good hand, and we need to play it carefully.

    God bless and keep fighting!

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      Admin 7 months ago

      Hey Robert Lee thanks for the comment!

      A mass redpilling wave would be quite welcome!

      I agree that these political developments that made 2016 so incredible certainly came out of left field (or ‘right field’ I should say 🙂 It will be interesting what 2017 brings.

      I agree with you that the liberal freakouts are indeed a reflection of our success. Especially this ‘fake news’ stuff. Basically what they are saying if you translate it is that they are alarmed by how successful right wing alternative media has become, and want to figure out a way to censor it en masse. I think they were obviously shocked by Hillary’s defeat, and that if she had won- as they expected- we would have seen this same ‘fake news’ focus and would have seen attempts to use it for cracking down on right wing alternative news outlets here, just as they are doing in Europe- especially Sweden and Germany.

      Do you see things progressing similarly in the US and Europe? Or different paths?

      Do you think Marine le Pen or Geert Wilders will win in Europe this year?

      -JL

      • Robert Lee 7 months ago

        Well, I’m no expert, but things are looking up on both sides of the pond. Trump’s victory was a huge morale boost to nationalist efforts in Europe. Now we know that we can score real, meaningful victories in the face of nearly universal opposition.

        Hillary, ironically, has also been a huge help. If she hadn’t publicly acknowledged the “alt-right” on the campaign trail, we may never have entered the mainstream consciousness. In fact, I’d say that that the new “fake news” label is partly the media trying to disassociate the alt-right with the success of the Trump campaign.

        I can’t make any definitive predictions about Europe. After all, Trump won in a much freer social and legal environment, and I fear that the EU will try to influence the elections by whatever means they can. We should be ready for anything, but current trends seem to indicate that they’re heading in our direction. Even Angela Merkel’s support appears to be flagging. I don’t want to sound too hopeful, but we may even be able to unseat her in October, which would deal a body blow to the EU itself.

        In America we will see a lot more political violence (bought and paid for by George Soros) in Trump’s first 100 days, but that only has the effect of reaffirming the alt-liters and “true conservatives” who voted Trump. Barring a catastrophe, like Trump’s death, and assuming he doesn’t cuck, I see a lot of good things ahead of us in the USA.

        Overall, we have the Left on the defensive now, and, like a glass cannon, they shatter when someone hits back. What we need to do now is to keep control of the narrative. If we keep pushing the Left like we have this past election, I think we can tip the whole system on its head in time for 2020.

        Keep up the fight, brother. For better or worse, we will see this thing through.

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          Admin 7 months ago

          I love the glass cannon metaphor that is perfect.

          I agree that the electoral environment in the US was far more free and ‘democratic’ than any we will see in Europe. I still need to do a post commenting on the Austrian election, but it seems clear the influx of immigrants (voters) contributed to the more disparate results the second time.

          Agree 100% on Hillary and her speech too. I remember people at the time saying it would be good for Identitarianism because it would make more people look into it and end up agreeing with it, and that analysis was spot on.

  3. Cheradenine Zakalwe 7 months ago

    There is a lot of mileage in the youthful cool factor of the Alt Right. The fact that the ’68 revolution has been institutionalised and its tenets are now enforced by the tyrannical powers of the state conjures into being a possibility that would hitherto have been considered an oxymoron: revolutionary conservatism.

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      Admin 7 months ago

      Hey there-

      Thanks for the comment, much appreciated. Do you write at dmf, or just put that in the box that says ‘website’? (I am a big fan of the site)

      Revolutionary conservatism is indeed an apt moniker. There has been a 100% shift. For me the defining image of the year was aging wannabe ‘rebels’ Green Day chanting ‘Trump Fascist KKK’ at the American Music Awards- a pathetic, tired, rote performance about as non-edgy and corporate as anything one could imagine 🙂

  4. Cheradenine Zakalwe 7 months ago

    It’s my website.

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      Admin 7 months ago

      Very cool!

      I have been a big fan of your writing for quite awhile. I would actually very much encourage you to publish a book- whether a collection of essays or with one single topic. Perhaps I am old-fashioned by I just think a book is such a powerful medium and gives the content within it just added significance, and I think your articles are as crucial as any to the possibility of/hope for reconquest and for our people’s future.

      Also if there is ever anything I can do to help the website just let me know. Oh and I noticed you put a link to ECW on the ‘Resistance’ list, that is highly appreciated and I thank you.

      Any thoughts on 2017 and what it may bring?

      -JL

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