I made the trek into Mordor on the Potomac this past weekend to attend the National Policy Institute’s winter event, aptly titled Identity Politics. The ideology the ‘alt-right’ has staked out, a rather controversial far-right political movement, has been making waves and writing some very lucid articles about the state of Western Culture. They were enough to intrigue me, and I attended the event because I prefer to hear information first-hand. I pass the experience on to you with what relevant commentary I can provide. Washington D.C. is still an oozing pit of vagrancy, corruption, liberalism and crime if you had any lingering doubts.
It was a chilly night, the humidity made it seem colder than low 40’s. The better-half and I were walking towards the Ronald Reagan building, watching black Lincolns pull up to some BET award ceremony going on as we walked by. I anticipated a rather esoteric discussion on identity politics, by a surging political ideology. White collar stuff, perhaps controversial, but only to the professorial types and political junkies. I had even joked about protesters to her that afternoon, because of how boring I anticipated she would find it. You could hear the shouting a block away from the entrance, I was mildly amused…she was not. Dirty, screaming socialists shouted “KKK, right this way!,” “Black Lives Matter!” and “F*** you white supremacists!” as we walked through a path carved out by Secret Service and Capitol Police into the building. The hatred was visceral, oppressive, a primal, regressive anger that roiled and consumed the weak-minded, afraid of what they were unable or unwilling to understand. I smiled at the barely-functional retards, not a single alpha male in the crowd to present a credible threat, feminists and gelded men all, but the pretty woman clinging to my arm was mortified. Chalk it up to the risks of dating a free thinker. The images from the last post were from the event, I’m sure there are more out there.
The rotunda was well appointed, most of the participants in the event were younger, I’d estimate most of the crowd of 150+ was under 35, with half under 30. The education level was somewhere north of a bachelor’ degree if I had to guess, and I had the impression most were as well read as they seemed from my research online. People paired off and began talking, many joking and poking fun at the protesters downstairs. Most seemed proud of the distinction that they were upsetting the SJW’s and carried it as a badge of honor. My first impressions of the alt-right was that it represented a shocking segment of society, educated whites unafraid of the term racist and open about their desire to see themselves as a cultural group…which is very much against the ‘rules.’ The first ten minutes alone were worth the price of admission.
What is the alt-right?
The alt-right is the intellectual equivalent to mainlining Redbull in the Thunderdome…on fire. The movement is tech-savvy, has found very effective ways deflecting and even embracing labels thrown at them by liberals, tends to be very well read on European history and has a level of distain and vitality that should worry CPAC, but more so the liberal base. There is much here to learn, fellow Patriots. Optics matter, and while the alt-right has significantly more controversial issues, their ability to mock and satirize the shrieking from the left has yielded much better results than ceding the field to their accusations and attempting to meet their demands for self-castigation and groveling.
Paul Ramsey was the first speaker of the event, and essentially hit the high points of exactly what the alt-right is. His delivery reminded me of Stephen Colbert, and played well with the crowd, the sarcasm and caustic sense of humor was enjoyable. The movement is of the big tent approach to philosophical purism, a ‘no enemies to the right’ approach. It’s amazing what can be accomplished from avoiding the temptation to eat your own. The general concept is recognition of what he deemed as sex-realism, race-realism and identitarianism. Anti-feminism, men’s rights, and some would even say patriarchy are the main positions he grouped under sex-realism. Gender differences are real, sex is not a social construct, divorce is patently in favor of the female and traditional roles of men and women have real cultural value sum up the general sentiment here. Race-realism, the words that make everyone very uncomfortable. Ramsey is no Stormfronter, screaming about Jews and purity tests. Here the alt-right falters. A great variance exists among the movement from what I could tell by the reaction of the audience to the speakers. Clearly some hardliners existed, but there is also a segment of what I at least would consider reasonable people. The majority of Ramsey’s discussion on race centered around the failure of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I thought this was an excellent way to present the problem. Cultures have different proclivities and what they view as heroes, villains, admire and detest, as well as cultural norms. While his argument that race is not a social construct doesn’t entirely hold water with my own views, there are differences in ethnic groups that have become apparent through the breeding habits of cultures. A key point to note here, different is not implying inferior.
Kevin MacDonald was the second speaker, a writer/editor of the Occidental Quarterly and a professor at California State University. He represents what I took to be the further right position of the alt-right when it comes to racial politics. Much of his presentation was centered around the adverse effects of immigration, a position I generally agree with. However, he veered off into an anthropological discussion about genetics, intelligence and race that I thought went too far. While I am perfectly willing to accept results of proper research and actual scientific fact, regardless of how uncomfortable. The truth is the truth and we must bend our belief to that and not vice versa. Having said that, focusing attention on admittedly flawed IQ tests and genetic tendencies with limited research should not be the topic of a formal policy discussion. It detracts credence from the other topics and I felt it was markedly out of place. While he was the low point of the night, he also had one of the most succinct and compelling reasons for limiting immigration and ultimately a rather ominous symptom of it we are currently seeing. Many of the 3rd world immigrants coming here come from places that do not have any heritage of limited government along with attitudes unfavorable or even hostile to our culture, placing increasing stress on the fabric of our social norms and culture. The increase in unskilled labor continues to degrade what egalitarian underpinnings are left in U.S. culture, creating a permanent underclass that is largely a homogeneous culture. The culture here has already began to slowly warp and will increasingly continue to do so as economic and social status become increasingly seen in a racial and cultural light, rather than the result of superior qualifications such as education or talent. While the SJW’s see the world through this lens already, it is a different paradigm altogether for tens of millions of people to actively see the world this way and change the situation the only way they know how, such as they have in Syria, Lybia, Egypt, Colombia, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, and Brazil. The U.S. is still clinging to a thread of egalitarianism, education and hard work still provide a chance at social mobility, regardless of color or creed. This point is worth considering, and is alone the reason I would limit immigration to a near standstill.
The last speaker was the founder of the alt-right and editor of the Radix Journal, Richard Spencer. He spoke at length on how far the movement had come, their signature slur ‘cuckservative,’ and of course, Donald Trump. I was surprised he did not speak of the Don in messianic terms. The importance of the populist message and limitation of immigration he brought to the forefront of American politics was praised, but Donald does not define the movement. Rather, Spencer spoke of the ‘Great Erasure.’ The concept that our culture is tied directly to our past, and multiculturalism shears that bond with our ancestors. Heritage, tradition and even religion becomes sanitized, sterile, and meaningless. What is a Texan? It’s not a driver’s license or address. It’s not just a piece of land. It’s a culture. The bravado, the guns, the hat, the accent, the boots, the plain-speaking, the connection to the history of the people who went before and struggles like the fight for Independence (ours, not the Republic), and yes, the land that those hard men occupied. Sure, not everyone is all of those things, but all Texans are enough of those things. Strip all of that away and it’s not Texas, it’s mostly a hot, dusty, rainless god-forsaken desert. That is the crux of identitarianism. The past matters, YOUR history, YOUR people, YOUR traditions. Fight for it or lose it.
In closing, I suspect the alt-right has not seen peak saturation. Their refusal to play the SJW game has seemingly worked. Many of the people at the event were former SJW’s or very liberal, so quite a bit of crossover has happened. That was astounding to me, since I previously thought that segment unreachable. The meme cuckservative is worth its weight in gold. It crystallizes and focuses the frustration of libertarians, true conservatives and anyone who’s ever been stabbed in the back by the GOP into a single, derisive word. Imperious, haughty scorn is an effective thing. While I certainly don’t agree with everything the movement espouses, nor many of those who take cultural identity and take it into the realm of cultural supremacy. I pray this movement does not morph into a white version of Nation of Islam or La Raza. It’s a sad statement to the state of the union that as controversial as the alt-right has become, the vast majority of their views would have been rather uncontroversial in America a century ago. I suspect what we are seeing is a return to tribalism in America. Multiculturalism has seen its peak and now rather than having a shared identity, history and heritage, we have been sectioned off into competing, irreconcilable and often diametrically opposed factions and cultures, to either amicably divorce or go the way of all empires. The balkanization has happened, accept it and prepare accordingly.
* I will not entertain idiotic discussions on race about this. I have Marx, Hitler and Dawkins on my shelf, though I agree with none of them. If you’re incapable of understanding the difference between discussion of ideas and acceptance of them, then you’re in the wrong place.