Editor’s Note: I just got done speaking at American Renaissance this weekend and am publishing this from the airport while flying back. I will be uploading another post or two about Amren here soon!
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Several months ago the Canadian ‘Alt Lite’ creator/writer Lauren Southern journeyed to Europe to document the migrant crisis. While there, she engaged in extended protests/political actions with Generation Identitaire members. This included the purchase of a boat which they then used to try to block the ‘humanitarian’ ships rescuing ‘migrants’ and ‘refugees’ from the Mediterranean.
At the same time, Southern was raising money on Patreon for these missions, which was on top of her already extremely high level of monthly Patreon donations for all her other work (something like 5k if I remember right).
Last week Patreon deleted her account, cutting off all that income, without appeal, and with only a short explanation.
This gave rise to a big outcry, and the situation became quite the controversy.
Enter the following video:
This video perfectly sums up the issues at the heart of Western civilization’s current existential battle. I think it is hugely important, and representative of a number of complicated components to what Europe and the West (and we as Identitarians) are facing.
These are my thoughts on it…
-Jack Conte, the Patreon founder and executive and person in the above video, is about as perfect a representation of low-testosterone lib-laberry that I have ever seen. The poor guy cannot have a test level above 400, at most. His voice sounds like one of those ‘castrati’ that the Italians used to produce (actually his voice is higher than Southern’s I think). His body language is also exceedingly weak and limp-wristed, and he is perfect embodiment of the ‘small-souled bugman’ label.
This personality type will be very familiar to anyone who has gone to college in the last 10 years, or spent time in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, etc. I believe Conte is a heterosexual if I understand right (could be wrong) but either way, he seems to be the kind of man who never had a chance to exercise any of his masculine urges growing up, and is almost afraid of his own shadow, or own power as a man.
-However, if one looks at this situation purely through the lens of company liability, and through the lens of modern Western European law, he was right to take down Southern’s video.
European law treats those individuals coming from Libya to Italy as ‘refugees’ who are legally entitled to come into Europe. Furthermore, we live in a hugely-litigious society where business owners are constantly sued.
In these contexts, when only observing the situation from Conte’s context, I think the decision to take down Southern’s account was appropriate from a purely economic and legal perspective.
He explains why this is in the video, which was basically the fact that they were intentionally trying to get in the way of the ‘rescue boat’, rather than just going alongside it and ‘protesting it’, and that this presented a risk of a crash or of people getting hurt/killed.
-But that goes to the heart of the problem, which is that Europe’s laws on this subject, and the entire ‘official’ understanding of it, is nothing but an example of extreme anarcho-tyranny and the purposeful destruction of Europe’s native citizenry and culture.
These people on the boat are not ‘refugees’. That is completely ridiculous. Even the UN’s own figures show that they are at least 75% male… and the vast majority of those men are 18-30 years old. These are invaders who are coming for 1) the money, in the form of vast welfare payments and (in a few cases) jobs, and 2) Islamists migrating to Europe as a form of hijrah, or conquering via migration. The men on those boats being carried to the Italian coast will rape and murder countless Europeans, as evidenced by the vast collection of statistics that can be found on this site.
Furthermore, the ‘rescue’ ships are nothing of the kind. They are boats paid for by 1) George Soros-funded NGO’s (a fact that has been proven various times), and 2) the corrupt European governments that want mass-Muslim migration for the purpose of consolidating their voting base (for the cynical ones) and destroying Europe (for the fundamentalist true believing ones).
If rational countries ran Western Europe, these boats would be considered criminal enterprises bringing foreign armies into the country, and Generation Identitaire wouldn’t have to be blocking them, as the military would be doing so, and George Soros would be arrested and facing stark punishment.
Mr. Jack Conte of course- as a typical rich, young, Silicon Valley executive (with unbelievable liberal-privilege) doesn’t see this, and even played the ‘Alain Kurdi’ card, showing an image of the poor kid who drowned because of a) his smuggler father, and b) Angela Merkel and the other criminals who attracted the Kurdi’s and the migrants they were smuggling through the ‘pull factors’ of mass welfare and amnesty.
-This situation perfectly represents the corrupt bargain between rich technology-industrialists and far-left, suicidalist governments.
This same dynamic plays out across the West, and I think latter generations will look back at it much like we look back at the collusion between ‘robber barons’ and corrupt politicians 150 years ago. Actually, its far worse though, as those events were just about greed, whereas this is partly about greed, but even more so about a sick religion of civilizational suicide.
-Patreon felt PANICKED over this situation. This is not immediately apparent, but if you watch until the end of the video, you see Conte make a number of ‘promises’ to members of the Patreon community. These are all things like ‘doubling the trust and safety team’, ‘streamlining the appeals process’, and other sort of bureaucratic bromides companies sometimes offer. But they only offer them when they are panicked about something.
This whole incident with Lauren Southern must have created some massive worries in these liberal Patreon executives. If it hadn’t, they NEVER would have made a video like this. I don’t know if they worried about losing content creators, losing patrons, or becoming the ‘new twitter’ (in terms of a corporation/social media company that people love to hate and is ‘uncool’). They also might have worried about such groundswells leading to their ultimate replacement by another less liberal alternative to their site.
All of this is good. If we can continue doing things that freak out the lib-labs, and keep them on their heels, then our chances of cultural victory are far greater. While I am not a huge Southern fan (although I don’t dislike her either), I think her action in doing this ship thing- while purely symbolic of course- was a perfect example of the kind of ‘feeder’ mentality actions we should be taking. Southern and her Generation Identitaire shipmates weren’t being ‘reactive’ the way conservatives have for the last forty years while the West was transformed, they were the ‘actor’ and were cycling through the OODA Loop faster than our enemies.
-This ultimately shows the need for ‘alt-tech’ platforms. This is something the Vox Day has written about extensively, and I think he is spot on. Only when the rational, non-liberal individuals control these behemoth social media companies (or at least alternatives to them) will we truly be able to take over the cultural zeitgeist. Right now we have certainly become the counter-culture, but to achieve hegemony and reconquest and survival it will take a massive shifting of power in terms of the ownership of such entities. Luckily, I think this is absolutely doable.
While individuals such as Jack Conte have a number of ingrained advantages that help them become successful in that space, ultimately it is still a space that is decided in large part by the market, and there is nothing stopping some bright young Identitarian from becoming the ‘good’ version of Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Conte (and a more masculine version, of course…).
I would be eager to hear the thoughts of our esteemed readers on this, but ultimately I am not surprised that Southern got kicked off Patreon. I think it will be increasingly difficult for Identitarians to earn a living off of sites like it and Youtube.
Yet actually that might just make them (make us) stronger, because it will force us to go above and beyond for the purpose of raising funds, and doing all the logistical work that is so easy for our liberal enemies.
The mere fact that Generation Identitaire was able to charter a ship to fight back Soros-backed migrants is impressive and noteworthy, and hopefully it will only be the start of the defense of the Mediterannean.