Fedora Nationalism

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The recent controversy over “fake news” has somewhat reminded me how much closer I am to people in the rationalist / skeptic community than some elements (not all) of the AltRight on certain issues. If not for my skepticism of the prospects (or desirability) of multiculturalism in Western countries and the long term viability of “warm body” democracy in general, I would have much more in common with people like Amazing Atheist and Shoe0nhead than I would the average AltRight person. They’re not totally aligned with me across the board, but I find them to be a breath of fresh air sometimes. In fact, I wish there were more people like them because they approach topics logically and critically. Even though they may not reach the same ideological conclusions, the atheist/rationalist personalities often help to lead people down the path of skepticism and empiricism, which can be applied to all kinds of different issues relating to identity and the framework of our society.

There’s no question that the mainstream media is liberally using the “fake news” narrative in an attempt to discredit many legitimate news and opinion outlets, some of which are predominantly opinion sites to begin with (such as Unz.com) and deal mainly with commentary and analysis rather than news reporting to begin with. That’s why the establishment media’s “definitive lists” should be viewed as skeptically as the sites in question, since the lists themselves were ideologically constructed.

That being said, I actually *do* see tons people in the AltRight (and especially Alt-Lite) fall for obviously made up news stories. They’d frequently share tons of these stories on Facebook uncritically, even when a brief examination of the site or facts uncovered after a quick Google search would easily debunk whatever wild claims were being made. It’s fine to say the media lies, but it’s clear most people aren’t even curious/critical enough to do basic checking. To make matters worse, when people share these bogus news items, they usually accompany them with some kind of preachy triumphalist rant about something finally being exposed and confirming the essence of their worldview, with a lengthy comment thread filled with people spiraling into outrage and shock at the horror of the “news” story, until finally someone about 20 comments into the frenzy says “guys, that’s a fake news site.”

The Alt-Lite has been entirely consumed with propagating utterly bonkers conspiracies like “pizzagate” without a shred of credible evidence. For an example of the sort of thing which passes for proof for these people, watch a few of these videos which have thousands of upvotes and “believer” comments but contain absolutely nothing substantive. It’s all wild speculation, most of which doesn’t hold up to common sense scrutiny. Take this video of “screams” from Comet Ping Pong, that is somehow supposed to insinuate something horrific is taking places, but chances are if you’ve ever been to a Chuck E. Cheese in your life or any place where children are playing and going buck wild…you’ll here some yelling and screaming. To a person who thinks critically, none of this stuff is interesting at all except from a psychological perspective. It is horrifying only in the sense of witnessing seemingly normal people transform into an irrational lynch mob, whipped up into a frenzy over some of the flimsiest, rinkydink evidence ever concocted. There was a whole video talking about the logos used on these websites and how they were supposedly cryptic symbols for all kinds of nefarious sexual activity and demonry, but these were mostly just generic logos with hearts, triangles etc…the kind of basic bitch, stock clipart logos that you pay someone 5 dollars to make on Fiverr if you’re too lazy to spend a few minutes online creating them yourself. This is not to say that the allegations being made by these internet sleuths are definitively false. Maybe they’ll turn out to be true (by all means, investigate!) but the evidence presented so far has been underwhelming and not particularly persuasive enough to justify ruining innocent people’s lives and harming the reputations of seemingly banal local businesses.

With people like Cernovich and Paul Joseph Watson burning bridges with AltRight, hopefully they will take some of their loony conspiracy audience with them. The same people who are so squeamish they think jokingly giving Roman salutes poisons our movement, are somehow under the impression that InfoWars has a respectable reputation among ordinary educated people. This same crowd disavows some of us for daring to have racial in-group preferences…yet they think promoting Satanic panics, UFO conspiracies, Sandy Hook conspiracies, and pseudo-scientific health quackery won’t repel useful and intelligent people from their movement.

The epidemic of “fake news” itself isn’t a remarkable issue. It’s just blackhat internet marketers trying to make a quick buck with clickbait articles that easily go viral due to their outrageous bombshell claims. The astronomical number of people who appear to be susceptible to fabricated news items and circulate them uncritically is the real story. It’s more of an argument for why most people probably aren’t mentally equipped to vote than a case for news curation. That’s why I’m in favor of “fedora nationalism” (non-MRA variety) which given the available evidence of observable human behavior, is probably more of pipe dream than Calexit, the Northwest Territorial Imperative, or even the plot of Bionic Commando.

One last note…

For crying out loud, it’s *eminent* domain, not “imminent” domain! Sorry, I have been wanting to get that off my chest for a while.

You Can’t Salute That on Television!

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white people giving Roman salutes…the horror!

Confession time… When I entered the pro-white scene a few years ago, I never went through any kind of Esoteric Hitlerism phase. I’ve never been much of a WW2 enthusiast or had any kind of fetish for Nazi era iconography or memorabilia. I never got into holocaust revisionism or any of that. It simply never interested me at all, and I don’t find it to be relevant to our present conflict, which is whether or not white people have a right to act in our own collective interests (we do, and we will.) I’m not a big fan of countries’ that waste their newly established productive nationalism by putting their most patriotic soldiers through the meat grinder in unnecessary wars. Both the Germans and Italians opted for military adventures that were ill-advised, even if some were justified. On that front, Franco’s Spain was a much more admirable example, as he was remarkably able to keep the Spanish out of World War II (for the most part,) despite the nation’s proximity to some of the bloodiest large-scale warfare the world had ever seen. While Germany and Italy were completely destroyed, Franco’s regime survived and thrived until his death in 1975.

To the extent I maintain any interest in the WW2 historical period at all, it is largely limited to an appreciation for the aesthetics of Italian fascism and futurism, which mostly consists of things most conservative traditionalists or right wing reactionary types hate and consider degenerate. That’s right. I love all that brutalist architecture and futurist / modern art. Go ahead and cringe if you want. My ideal city (strictly aesthetically speaking) would probably resemble the fictitious fascist city depicted in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.” (minus the animal cruelty.)

Hell, I even like the creepy and weird performance art of today. When conservatives were expressing their moral outrage and disgust at Marina Abramovic’s “spirit cooking,” I was thinking “Gee, if Hillary is actually into any of this freaky shit, she’s cooler than I thought.” It’s not the sort of thing I’m interested in to be honest, but I like other weird stuff, so I understand the appeal of weird and creepy things in general.

Anyway, the reason I mention all this is that it’s a mistake the media often makes in assuming that anyone who is pro-white is some kind of Nazi fetishist (though I don’t have a problem with anyone who is.) For most, the road here is simply a realization that as a white person, a society becoming less European demographically would be (and has become) increasingly hostile to me and an undesirable place for people like me to live, period. We pay attention to and process what non-whites say, understand their plans are for us in the future, and we have decided to organize accordingly in collective resistance to the premature chalk outline they’ve drawn up for us. We’re just not interested, thank you.

A bunch of lame and uptight people threw a fit because some individuals decided to jokingly give Roman salutes at the NPI gathering in Washington DC. They were concerned this somehow makes us look bad to normies. I think this is nonsense. Older boomers and some Gen X types might get freaked out by this sort of thing, but many young people don’t care. World War II and the Nazis are ancient history to them and a big joke. I hate listening to these nervous nellies and concern trolls go on and on  “Looks like the AltRight just blew it and shot themselves in the foot by giving the press ammunition.”  The truth is young people just don’t give a shit. It reminds me of how republicans and conservatives are still always calling people “communists” as if it’s still 1965 and anyone still cares or feels stigmatized by being labeled a “commie” besides old boomer cuckservatives. These tired labels are losing their power over people, which is why the media is going into hysterical mode: “What? didn’t you hear us? they are nazis! What do you mean it doesn’t bother you? We’ll keep saying it louder!! Fascists!!!”

No one cares about being called racist anymore. More than anything, it’s important that people see us having fun and misbehaving. We want to shatter the mirror maze of social taboos, not merely stumble around it, constantly bumping into the walls. Desensitizing people to taboo symbols is crucial to destabilizing the existing moral framework.  Sure people like Ramzpaul are right when they say the media wants to associate us with “evil nazis,” but what if people got so used to seeing fascist symbolism and gestures thrown about casually that the sight of them no longer triggered a negative emotional response? We cannot stop the press from associating us with Nazis. They can frame anything we say or do within that context, but we have the power to make a mockery of that association and expose it for the bogeyman that it is.

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My message to squeamish people both inside and outside is this:

Look at you timid people, afraid of something so innocuous as a Roman salute! a hand gesture! Why would you like to be like them? What kind of pathetic way is that to live? Afraid of making offensive jokes or expressing yourself in ways that might get you in trouble? Why not question the moral authority that’s been imposed on you in its entirety, rather than just the aspects that relate to drugs or sexuality? Wouldn’t you rather be like us? We’re the free spirits. We say what we want. We stand by what we believe is true even in the face of an onslaught of hostility from all directions, even within. We don’t much care what people think about us, because we don’t crave acceptance in the world you live in, which you don’t realize is actually a prison. It’s you that should be wanting to hang out with us, not the other way around. Whether we want to get drunk and do Roman salutes with exotic women or if we feel like playing catch with swastika shaped frisbees at the beach while listening to Charles Manson records on a sunny Saturday afternoon, we’ll do it. We don’t have to justify ourselves to anyone. If you wonder why we don’t seem to care that our exuberant indulgences and “provocative” statements potentially scare away timid people, it’s because we’ve determined our way is preferable to conforming to a life spent meekly tip-toeing on eggshells. Feel free to justify yourself to us if you want in. Otherwise keep walking.

 

Building Deserted Media Empires – One Microblog at a Time

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As his final Labor, Hercules was instructed to bring the hellhound Cerberus up from Hades, the kingdom of the dead. The first barrier to the soul’s journey beyond the grave was the most famous river of the Underworld, the Styx. Here the newly dead congregated as insubstantial shades, mere wraiths of their former selves, awaiting passage in the ferryboat of Charon the Boatman. Charon wouldn’t take anyone across unless they met two conditions. Firstly, they had to pay a bribe in the form of a coin under the corpse’s tongue. And secondly, they had to be dead. Hercules met neither condition, a circumstance which aggravated Charon’s natural grouchiness. But Hercules simply glowered so fiercely that Charon meekly conveyed him across the Styx.

source: Mythweb

By now almost everyone is aware of Twitter’s purge of prominent AltRight accounts over what appears to be strictly ideological reasons. In the past, Twitter would ban people for aggressively trolling or attacking other users, but so long as you weren’t constantly tweeting slurs at people who had enough followers to mass report you or just happened to piss off the wrong person at an unlucky time, they pretty much left you alone. The most obvious example that Twitter has decided to pursue a more aggressive policy and clamp down on speech for ideological reasons is the recent banning of Richard Spencer. Spencer was a mild mannered user and didn’t engage in any kind of aggressive behavior. He was banned for having pro-white opinions, nothing more or less. As Reactionary Tree pointed out,“they even banned the Washington Summit Publishers twitter account which is the publishing wing of NPI,” which hadn’t posted a single tweet in the last 10 months. There are of course many other examples of AltRight accounts which have been purged in a very short period of time, such as Spectre, Ricky Vaughn, Genophilia, AdolfJoeBiden etc. These accounts were confrontational and “offensive,” but their ideological opponents were equally aggressive and yet remain unbanned.

I’ve said this before, but I think it’s important for anyone involved in alternative politics to maintain a blog or some other kind of independent web presence outside of social media. I notice that a lot of the most interesting and astute thinkers are very prolific posters on Twitter but don’t have a blog or any kind of web presence. The most obvious problem for these people is that their entire brand and thousands of cogent expressions of thought be wiped out with a keystroke, pulling their platform entirely out from under them. However, there are other things to consider as well. Think of posting on social media as being like working for any other big corporation. What smart people do when they work for a company is make as many connections and gain as much knowledge and influence as they can with their within the organization, building up their “personal brand” reputation. Ultimately though they slowly work to use the leverage they’ve obtained toward building a business for themselves at some point, where they will wield all the power and control which can be used as a force in the industry as a whole. So basically, as you post on Twitter you direct people toward your own site, which will network with other similar like-minded sites, which will promulgate into a kind of mini media empire. Such mini empires can and should be marketed dually through existing social networks, but you’re not gambling your ideas and brand by participating in them. You’re contributing to building something. Alternative platforms like Gab are great, but still ultimately belong to someone else…another emperor’s virtual kingdom which could vanish tomorrow. Where is your machine? Where is your cog in this wheel?

Why should you or I even care? Well, many of us look around at a lot of the new media, and we find many of the figures and outlets don’t really align with our views. For example, I’m not a huge fan of the manosphere, yet sites like Return of Kings have grown to where they rival mainstream feminist media outlets in terms of traffic and influence. Imagine if Roosh had never built a site or written an ebook and had done nothing but post on Twitter for years, only to be randomly banned one day and see his hard-earned brand rendered impotent overnight. People often complain about Alt-Lite incarnations like Milo, Blaire White, Gavin Mcinnes, Cernovich, Breitbart etc. Yet, if you wanted people in the broader population to recognize your views as being those representative of a movement in which Alt-Lite personalities are often mistakenly credited as leaders, you’d have to be able to compete with the above influencers and challenge their behemothic megaphone for supremacy in the crowded ideological soundscape.

Many of my favorite people whom I like and share a similar worldview with, don’t even have a domain name, a wordpress blog, a youtube channel or even a Tumblr! They’re just prolific Twitter posters. I understand, maybe they have serious jobs or lives and just don’t want to be that involved due to the potential social and monetary risks of becoming more “visible.” Yet, when it comes time to network, promote things, and achieve any kind of financial sustenance in dissident media, we will have to work within the new imperial framework as it exists. Want your “controversial” ideas to gain wider exposure and traction? The only sites that wouldn’t be totally appalled by them probably won’t publish your thought pieces since they’re run by other people whom you don’t agree with and have been trolling on social media for years.

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The ferryman in Secret of Evermore

We’ll be condemned to appealing to these new powerbrokers and gatekeepers, playing the edges and catering to their whims, while trying to slip something interesting through the cracks. We’ll have to offer up an amulet to ferryman Milo in the hopes he’ll transport some watered down version of our ideas across the desert of doom toward Nobilia, where they can be examined and traded in the mainstream marketplace like jars of spice. Alternatively, we can build up our own mini empires, and work to make the thought leaders and idea traders be people like us. Preferably, we should work to ensure they are us.

AltLeft Post-Election Roundtable Discussion

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Robert Stark, Alex von Goldstein, Alt Left Blogger Ryan Englund, Bay Area Guy, and AltLeft.com‘s Rabbit talk about the election of Donald Trump on The Stark Truth.

Podcast can be found here 

Topics include:

How the polls were inaccurate
‌The shy Trump voter affect in the polls
‌Trump’s election as a referendum against globalism, political correctness, and the establishment
Trump as a repudiation of Conservatism INC
‌Trump’s success winning blue states in the rust belt by appealing to working class white voters
‌How despite media hysteria of racism, Trump’s share of Minority voters was slightly higher than past Republicans
‌How working class whites have been economically marginalized by both parties, and culturally marginalized by the left
The relationship between class and race, as middle class whites are being pushed down to the economic level of non-whites
‌The importance of holding Trump’s feet to the fire
‌Bay Area Guy’s article Election Musings
‌Rabbit’s article Last Minute Reflections On a Dime Store Election
‌Ryan Englund’s article Triumph of the Iron Heel, about how Hillary is the candidate of war, SJW culture, and neoliberal economics
‌How despite Trump’s flawed support for tax cuts for the 1%, he is addressing immigration and outsourcing which are major causes for income inequality
‌Trump’s non-interventionist statements, and whether he will pick Neocon John Bolton as Secretary of State
‌European Nationalist adopting left positions on economics and social issues, and how Trump is adopting that strategy to a degree
‌Ticket splitting voters who supported Trump as well as progressive ballot measures, such as raising the minimum wage, and legalizing marijuana
‌Thanks to Trump The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead
‌How unlike the Alt Right, the Alt Left is divided over the election, with some supporting Trump, some Jill Stein, and some Hillary Clinton
‌How the main battle in the future will be Nationalism vs. Globalism

The Safety Pin Dance

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Russian stamp bearing Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square,” a painting which x-rays discovered an inscription that said “negroes battling in a cave.”

There’s a retarded new social media virtue signaling fad where people change their profile pictures to just a black space to protest Trump being elected president. Some people are also wearing safety pins to show their solidarity with designated victim groups which are supposedly threatened by Trump’s recent electoral victory. What these gestures signify in actuality is that those participating have learned absolutely nothing from this election cycle (and developments in the years building up to it.) Anyone partaking in these pathetically self righteous protests is demonstrating a lack of self reflection. They’re merely advertising to everyone that they have an impaired ability to process any societal reverberations outside their own echo chamber.

Here’s the thing, in case you weren’t aware, this kind of “change my profile picture in support of the latest cause du jour” virtue signaling and #BringBackOurGirls styled hashtag activism has become an eyeroll inducing joke. This hysterically contrived outrage and the accompanying transparently token gestures are in fact part of the reason Trump won.  A lot of people are sick of this kind of cornball bullshit. “LGBT people” have little to nothing to even fear in a Trump administration. He isn’t a social conservative. He has openly said gay marriage is the law of the land. Trump even said he didn’t care what bathroom trannies used. Peter Thiel, who is gayer than a 3 dollar bill, is on Trump’s white house transition team and was a key speaker at the convention. It’s true that Mike Pence is anti-gay (the whole electro-shock thing is pretty retro,) but Trump probably must have felt he had to pick him to throw a bone to religious conservatives. He got some bad advice on that one if you ask me (I hoped he would have chosen Jim Webb,) but then again he won so what do I know…It’s not like anyone was going to give Trump credit for being liberal on these issues anyway ( I can almost guarantee that many people rocking these safety pins are totally ignorant of Trump’s stances on these issues.)Trump’s positions on social issues as well as his anti-war views, his opposition to free trade and outsourcing were all reasons he was accused by his conservative opponents as being a democrat in disguise during the republican primaries. In many ways he was, and that is precisely what made him appealing!

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Some of the people out there calling for resistance and revolution have clearly not given much brain power to the idea. I’m not sure that agitating for civil war would be a wise decision for them. Whom do these people think the police are going to side with? People like Deray and Triggly Puff?  Do they really believe the military is going to align themselves with blue haired, safety pin wearing Tumblr freaks and feral black rioters? That kind of vanguard might be sufficient if all you’re doing is burning down your own cities that no one else cares if you destroy, but it’s not going to catapult your revolution very far outside your hugbox. The misinformed and violent BlackLivesMatter protests as well as the endless stream of social justice street theater have contributed to a backlash which partially manifested in the form of Donald Trump being elected president. And yet, the same cast of characters are doubling down on anti-white sentiment and intersectionality! They haven’t thought through to what the next backlash they’re inviting may escalate to.

Instead maybe try some self reflection. Attempt to piece together what led us here. It’s like, what did you think would happen when you encouraged all these different ethnic groups to identify tribally and assert their ethnic group interests? What did you think would happen when you constantly promoted “white guilt” and insisted every white person “examine their whiteness” and check his/her white privilege. Trump won white millennials, white women and white men. In awakening white people to a conscious racial awareness, you’ve unconsciously awakened them to a realization that they too have group interests and may need to assert them in order to maintain an environment that isn’t hostile to them. Safety pins won’t offer much protection for anti-white activists from the future they’re unleashing, but they might generate a few laughs along the way.

Last Minute Reflections On a Dime Store Election

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I haven’t been inclined to make a bunch of predictions about the presidential election, because I honestly have no idea what will happen. I don’t feel the need to pontificate about things I’m not confident on. Also, I have a tendency toward pessimism and don’t really feel the need to kill the vibe of those who are hopeful by being a debbie downer. They’ll be plenty of time for that later regardless of who wins. I find normie politics to be incredibly vapid, and the fact that the quality of discourse is a reflection of the broader contemporary electorate doesn’t leave me with much inspiration for the future.

Will there be riots and unrest if Trump wins? Probably but who knows how significant they will be…some street theater and a couple of chimpouts? I’m not a “prepper” or weekend warrior so I’m woefully unprepared for any kind of extended civil unrest.  To quote Mike Myers in Wayne’s World, I don’t even own a gun, let alone many guns, which would necessitate an entire rack.” All I have is a dagger and a 1980’s era BB pistol probably buried under a pile of clothes somewhere, which I have no idea if it even works. It was just something I found in my grandpa’s closet after he died several years ago.  It’s not as though I’ve been stockpiling non-perishable food items either.  If the shit hits the fan, I have a couple gallons of water on hand and maybe a half empty box of Creamsicles in the freezer leftover from last summer.  Then again, I’m not a millennial. I took hunter’s safety courses as a kid and have some basic survival skills, mostly acquired by being broke in Los Angeles in my early 20s, a time when I primarily lived off microwave popcorn shoplifted from 7/11.

Anyway moving on, I’m voting for Trump for the following reasons:

  1.  He’s against free trade and outsourcing.
  2.  He’s campaigned as a non-interventionist in foreign affairs or at the very least advocates for a foreign policy that serves America’s interests. He wants peace with Russia rather than confrontation and involvement in conflicts that are absolutely none of our business.
  3. He opposes mass immigration from third world countries which are culturally incompatible with ours.
  4. He opposes political correctness and his victory would be a devastating blow to the speech police and social justice busybodies.
  5. He is fairly socially liberal and unlikely to get much into biblical moralizing other than vaguely paying lip service to Christianity.
  6. I’m white, and he’s the the only candidate who isn’t openly hostile toward white people.

Hillary represents the worst of all worlds politically, combining aggressive neoconservative foreign policy, open borders, global corporatism and intersectional feminism. She’s not even worthy of consideration.

The only other candidate that merits any serious attention is Jill Stein. Though I agree with her on many issues, at the end of the day she’s still a a Jewish social justice warrior. She supports black lives matter and frequently spouts anti-white rhetoric. She wants to import millions of people from the third world. This of course would make universal health care, free college education, and increasing the minimum wage totally unworkable mathematically. Like Bernie, she’s too consumed by the social justice worldview and too weak to make the politically difficult choices which would make progressive social policies practically viable and sustainably solvent. A birth for a death, one for one, it’s the natural way.

Stein even chose an anti-white black radical, Ajamu Baraka as her VP. She also seems to support all kinds of pseudoscientific health quackery. So yeah, no thanks. In conclusion, Stein would make a great candidate if you’re a “kangz” black nationalist or non-white immigrant looking to hitch a ride on the trojan horse of archetypal Jewish influence for as far as it will take you into whiteopia.

Actually there is one other interesting candidate, which is Transhumanist Party candidate Zoltan Istvan. As a futurist being highly supportive of life extension research, artificial intelligence and government prioritization of scientific progress I’d gladly vote for Zoltan…. if he had any real chance to win, but he doesn’t.

I’m voting for Trump on Tuesday, but beyond that, all bets are off.