Blood, Soil and Food Courts

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MetroCenter Mall, Phoenix Arizona, 1970s

People often take it for granted that no one in cities like Phoenix could feel any connection to the local buildings because many of them are so recently constructed and thought to be from times when buildings had little to no spiritual or architectural significance other than for utilitarian commercial use or cookie cutter, tract housing.

“Would you fight and die for North Park Mall?” Richard Spencer asked jokingly (referring to a Dallas, TX shopping center that was presumably near an area where he grew up) during a recent Millennial Woes podcast titled, “The End of America.”

Well no..I wouldn’t, but mostly because I’m not from Dallas. However, I would fight and die for Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix, not because I’m some kind of libertarian zealot or free market fanaticist (if anything I’m closer to a crypto-communist) but because the building and surrounding area was an integral part of my childhood and teenage experience. Admittedly, I grew up around the eastern side of town. Other 80’s kids on the west side would have spent their youth cavorting around iconic Metro Center mall (one of the film locations of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.) MetroCenter was the vastly superior establishment before it became overwhelmed with nonwhite gangsters and wiggers in the early to mid 90’s and was too ghetto for civilized people to hang out at.)

Believe it or not and disturbing as it may seem, people who grow up here actually do feel connected to many of these local landmarks. They’re a part of our identity and culture. Humans are territorial creatures of habit, often becoming attached to familiar haunts, no matter how superficially or artificially contrived those habitats are. It isn’t the mindless consumerism of these old malls that people identify with, but their place in our hearts as social and community hubs. I have more aesthetic affinity for a 1970’s futurist Phoenix mall or swanky mid century modern dwelling than I do for any of the 17th century churches or old office buildings in the northeastern US. Those particular eras and places do nothing for me compared to the unfulfilled space age promise of mid-century modernism, and I’m not the only one, as there are a great many advocates here who attempt to preserve structures that many outsiders would reflexively deem significant.

Robert Fairburn, Architect of MetroCenter Mall
Robert Fairburn, Architect of MetroCenter Mall

Whether it was The Wanderers or Monster Kody, street gangs have always fought over what outsiders no doubt perceived to be worthless territory, in the trivialest of turf wars. Would you fight for your home? What about your neighborhood? What about your home away from home?

Some self-proclaimed photographer “activists” have managed to convince themselves that the “death of malls” signifies some kind of broader decline of American capitalism, but the reality is that these malls were simply devoured by the very machine mechanisms of capitalism that helped spawn them in the first place. They’re in fact being replaced with an even more atomized form of capitalism, consisting of online shopping and big box stores, with “social media communities” and phone app browsing replacing local shopping and social communities, taking depersonalization to a new level entirely. Instead of gloating over an illusory victory, leftists should be preserving and re-purposing these malls into the futuristic communal living and socialization centers they were originally envisioned as. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

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Like Spencer, I don’t have any real attachment to the abstract values which comprise the contrived, constitutional “American” identity that conservatives fetishize and deify. And no, I probably wouldn’t actually fight and die for these local Phoenix malls, but only because they’re already ruined or nearly demolished. Much of this area is already overrun, and it’s too late. Some areas sadly have to be written off, because we just don’t have the numbers. Yet by necessity, the un-luxurious of us that remain (outnumbered) are compelled to gravitate toward a more biological identity, preserve the collective desire and genetic foundation that offers the greatest probability of creating the types of societies we wish to live in, somewhere. We’ll make a stand there. See you at the Orange Julius, Caesar!

Hillary Clinton’s Speech and the AltLeft

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I was a guest on The Stark Truth to discuss Hillary’s speech about the AltRight(as well as Trump’s response and the spike in traffic to this site.) Another subject we touched on was the problem of entryism in these various movements. I had actually considered abandoning this site recently, until Hillary sent it a massive amount of publicity and suddenly it seems foolish to throw it all away. My girlfriend claims I have a “fear of success” since I’m always starting up projects and creating things, and as soon as they start to gain traction I decide to bail and work on some new thing. I remember an episode of Quantum Leap with Bob (((Saget))) I once saw that featured a similar theme. Also, I have a tendency to not promote something I’m involved in heavily, in ways that would attract a lot of attention. A big part of this is that I see the kind of attention *others* get, and let’s just say recognition seems overrated in many regards.

The term AltLeft itself may have been ruined by media people who do absolutely zero research on terms they decide to write articles about, as well as by random idiots who lack enough intellectual curiosity to do a “google search.”  Greg Johnson has touched upon this regarding the AltRight in a recent article.

I’ve always maintained it would be difficult for entryists to disassociate my ideas from the AltLeft because:

A. I own the domain altleft.com, so people searching for the term will always end up here. If you own the .com domain name for anything, whether it’s a bizarre ideological offshoot or a product, it gives you a “built in” market share. For example, if someone owns “turtlenecks.com” it would be difficult for competitors to say, “oh that turtlenecks.com site really has nothing to do with authentic turtlenecks, my site ‘Tyrone’s Shirt Mart’ is really the authority on turtlenecks.” If someone owns gold.com and decides to make a website that sells gold, you could never marginalize them from the gold market completely, even if you are able to confuse people. In other words, traffic will still arrive at this site, and what I can do with it is anybody’s guess.

B. This site was one of the earliest AltLeft blogs, maybe the 2nd one that was ever created and it even came with manifestos and outlines unlike whatever random tumblr stuff that may have been floating about. Robert Lindsay’s blog is the only one I know that came before this site, and he’s been at it for several years even before coining the term. There were a couple of national bolshevik groups on the chan sites and reddit that were using it as well.

As I’ve stated before, the problem with identities like “right” and “left” is that they’re not specific and mean many things to many different people. There are people who look at this blog and see all the anti-capitalist, anti-traditionalist, (mild)pro-degeneracy, modernist,  environmentalist, animal rights activist, anti-imperialist views and will say “I don’t see anything left wing there” simply because of my pro-white racial views. It’s the same when you hear conservatives say stuff like “we’re not the AltRight, we’re the real right or new right.”  Well okay, but whose definition of “right” are you going by? That probably means 50 different things depending on whom you talk to. Perhaps there is a correct definition, but the point is that  large swaths of people you attract have the potential to be easily confused by the ambiguity and breadth of historical contexts.

I think Robert Lindsay is accurate when he says that in a way, we are basically the left wing of the AltRight. Perhaps I’ll be reabsorbed back into it at some point or go off and do something else.

Flashback Friday – Wyatt Kaldenberg and The New Aryan Left

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Here’s an old episode of Race and Reason from the late 80s(?) featuring Wyatt Kaldenberg. He talks about the New Aryan Left and his experiences in the Young Socialist Alliance as a teenager. Wyatt is probably best known for being the guy who threw a chair and broke Geraldo’s nose on the famous skinhead brawl episode in 1988. He became an Odinist later in life and isn’t really active in racial politics anymore. It happens to a lot of people. He’s still around though and is a nice guy.

As a guest on Race and Reason, he talks about many of the same things we discuss on here, which he seems to have noticed 30 years ago. Mainly that the left has no room for (non self-hating) white people, and economic issues have been totally abandoned for ethnic grievance politics. This is even more true now of course.

I was a socially moderate republican when I was younger, but I remember about 12 or 13 years ago taking a mild interest in communism, but when I went to the CPUSA’s website and read some Green Party type blogs, they were almost totally dedicated to “fighting racism” in the criminal justice system, Peace on Earth as well as an obsession with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Anyway, it was a total turnoff.

Wyatt also mentions how the right wing didn’t care about the working class and was too interested in sending people to pointless wars. Another thing he talks about that I identify with is how when he got into the race movement, all these conservatives were always trying to insert all these other pet issues into the movement that he had no interest in. Wow, the more things change…

Robert Stark and I Discuss Las Vegas Culture on The Stark Truth

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Robert and I recently went on a trip to Las Vegas and decided to do a show about it.

You can listen to it here.

It was a great trip, but I wish I could have stayed longer. It was extremely hot during the day to walk around. You can cover a lot more ground and see more in the winter. My girlfriend and I are considering moving there near the strip(such a romantic place for a couple to settle down!) In all seriousness though, I love Las Vegas and have always wanted to live there ever since I saw Diamonds Are Forever when I was a kid. My favorite episode of Charlie’s Angels is the two part season premier(Season 3?) featuring Dean Martin. He has a memorable line at the end:

“He’s been playing ‘Don’t Pass’ and ‘Don’t Pass’ is for non-believers. Sabrina, sooner or later, you have to be a believer.”

I’m not sure how it relates to anything specifically, but I always found it inspiring…in the sense that pessimism and negativity are smart bets, but sooner or later to win you have to be optimistic about something.

Of course, I also own every episode of the mostly forgotten yet highly underrated late 70’s show, “Vega$.” I highly recommend it if you enjoy any of the old private investigator shows like The Rockford Files, Charlie’s Angels, Magnum P.I. etc.(why were there so many in the 70’s and early 80’s?) Also…Robert Urich, RIP. What a great actor.

A Short Trip Through The Long View

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Many years ago I saw an interview with Netanyahu of Israel. The reporter asked him something along the lines of would he “ever consider giving up any territories acquired in the Six Day War in 1967.” His response was simply “I don’t  give concessions in advance of negotiations. I get better results that way.” Jewish people are notorious for being shrewd and formidable negotiators, and I have experienced this first hand many times in dealing with them.

I bring this up because Robert Lindsay wrote a brief post outlining his position on race and the AltLeft. First off, I want to say that I think it’s good if we can establish a healthy network of different blogs with a variety of viewpoints. My impression from reading Lindsay’s work semi-regularly is that Robert is more moderate and tolerant than I am on racial issues, while I’m probably more progressive on gender and sex related issues. Since he has articulated his views on race, I will give a brief overview of mine:

I take the long view on race, which is to say I approach it in terms of looking at the end game scenarios of trends and policies,  analyzing and magnifying micro trends through a macro lens.

It’s very easy to be against white nationalism, white separatism and all of that. The logistics and viability of it are questionable even for those who are sympathetic to it or otherwise have no moral objections. I’m not even sure I could/would live my life according to the standards of many proponents of nationalism, many of which rival even fervent bible thumpers in their social conservatism. Whites seem to be naturally inclusive and altruistic. It is likely there would always be exceptions made in one form or another. However, like Netanyahu understands, the starting point affects the end game. We’d have to begin with a highly restrictive group to even hope to achieve an 85% or 90% European society. If one says “I think living in an 80% white state would be sufficient to maintain our culture,” then there’s a good chance you’ll only end up with a 55% majority, which will quickly dwindle to 45% and so on. It’s almost comical that as of right now, whites have basically zero in group racial solidarity or tribal cooperation, yet here we are already making concessions and arguing to include others…even though we don’t even have anything yet! We have nothing. We’re not even out of the gates let alone closing them behind us!

For me, it comes down to this: There is no predominantly black part of a city anywhere in the world that I would desire to live in. Every city in the US that has come to be dominated by nonwhite(excluding east Asian) demographics is a totally miserable place to live if you’re white. Once you come to that realization, the next logical step for someone with self preservation instincts and future time orientation would be to prevent these demographic changes from manifesting in other places we may currently or potentially someday reside in. If having  a 90% black or Mexican population leads to terrible conditions for white people, then working toward white in-group awareness and cooperation in opposing this seems logical and perfectly reasonable.

There are many people in the “race realist” community involved in the esoteric study of racial IQ differences and other aspects of human biological diversity. Some seem content to just say “Hmm, interesting..” at the findings. Okay, but why not actually “do” something with this information? Yes, there is a lot of “hatred for whites,” and this will in fact increase. As whites become a minority, and other groups assume more and more power, they will simply squeeze even tighter until they’ve sucked every last drop of perceived worth out of us. Your children will grow up being lectured about how evil white people are, and if these kids can manage to snag whatever non-outsourced service industry jobs are left, they will be vengefully reprimanded regularly about privilege and oppression by some insufferable affirmative action boss.

With few exceptions, only whites even think in terms of “wanting to help all the races.” Other groups advocate for their own ethnic groups exclusively and will unapologetically exploit your altruism to do so. Let’s say you have a few non-whites who don’t engage in identity politics or don’t openly express hatred for white people. We’ve all worked with individuals from different races that we liked and got along with personally, but that nice black guy or Mexican you work with probably still votes against your interests. I treat people as individuals personally but it’s important to always keep an eye on the big picture:

What happens when there are millions of them? What pressures or incentives would they have to not simply assert their tribal group interests? More importantly, what could I do about it at that point? anything? We saw what happened in countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe when whites became a minority.  It wasn’t pretty.  Yeah, this guy  I worth with seems all right, but maybe diversity just isn’t worth it for us in the end.

A society becoming majority non-white results in it being transformed irreversibly in ways I find undesirable. Not just in obvious examples like violent crime but also in terms of cultural experience. What sort of television programming would exist in a 90% nonwhite society? What kind of music would be on the radio? What sort of movies would be playing in the theater? What would the architecture look like? What kind of clothing would women be able to wear in public? What sort of priority would be given to space exploration and advanced sciences? How would people talk? What would the experience be like at school for your children? What sort of history would be taught to them and how would it be framed? If you import high time preference groups even at low levels, they will reproduce at a faster rate and eventually outnumber and come to dominate the native population.

I happen to like Asian-Americans(though I’ve never been attracted to Asian girls) and find Japanese and Vietnamese people to enhance our culture, but if our society were to become dominated by them demographically I would likely feel like a tourist in my own neighborhood, city and country. Like it or not, identity politics is here to stay. We can actively pursue and embrace our own or passively assimilate into someone else’s. “Being human isn’t always happy.”

Discussing Economic Populism on The Stark Truth

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Robert Stark was kind enough to invite me on to co-host with him to discuss economic populism with his guest, Bay Area Guy. The audio can be found here:

http://www.starktruthradio.com/?p=2134

Bay Area Guy is well known for writing an article called “The Radical Center,” which was about the growing group of people holding politically centrist views that are radicalizing due to the squeeze from both sides.

More recently he wrote a piece on how the AltRight ignores the economic forces behind white disunity. His views seem to be very similar to my own.