I don’t share these authors’ paleconnish, Catholic traditionalist ideology but they make some very salient points. The neo-Nazis are social misfits that go out of their way to marginalize themselves (sorry, but carry torches and denouncing Jews won’t “play in Peoria” as they say). The neo-Nazis are disapproved of by 100% of the elite, 100% of the media, and 99+% of the general public. They hold the status of Official Bad People, and are in many ways a socially approved scapegoat: “Having a bad day? Blame the neo-Nazis!” Meanwhile, the Israel Lobby is literally trying to criminalize the BDS movement, and the primary threats to academic freedom and free speech generally are coming from corporations, universities and howling mobs of ostensible “leftists” (i.e. “red fascists” as Susan Sontag once characterized them). And of course we have the state and the power elite generally lined up against everyone.
By John Zmirak and Jason Jones
The riot in Charlottesville, Virginia is a stain on America. It’s the fruit of growing political hate at both ends of the spectrum. It’s also a failure of law and order. The authorities’ first job is to keep the peace, while protecting the free speech rights even of the nastiest among us.
The pro-choice racists who marched in Charlottesville tempt people to silence them using their fists. We’ve felt that way often watching other flavors of pro-abortion pagans exercising their First Amendment rights. But using violence is wrong. It’s wrong against Republican congressmen and Antifa marchers, against neo-fascists and New Black Panthers, all alike. That’s the road to civil war. (Read this piece by liberal writer Peter Beinart on the reach, power, and virulence of the violent Antifa movement.)
We have a government in the first place to prevent strong disagreements from turning into violence. To keep people from getting killed in the streets. Not to routinely wave off the anti-speech violence of one rabid political faction (Antifa), then be shocked, shocked, when haters on the other side (the Alt-Right) decide to escalate. That’s what happens when the authorities giving orders to the police pick and choose which side gets to break the law.
That’s how Germany in the 1920s and 30s descended into chaos, then welcomed tyranny. We stumble down that same road when police and other authorities allow either side to use violence to intimidate or silence people.
But that’s not a message for today.
Relevant observations from a Facebook commentor:
Say whatever else you want about antifa, they’re outlook on combat strategy and their tactics are more suited for socially softer places, like Europe. If this stuff keeps up they are going to get mowed down and slaughtered by the police state, to their and their supporters utter unsuspecting horror. It’s like their soft middle class backgrounds, insulated by consumer culture actually make them think this^ behavior is hardcore urban warfare or something… this is the United States, 2017. There are more guns than people here. Japan didn’t invade this country because there would be a “rifle behind every blade of grass” and police can extra-judicially murder you on site because they feel like it.
By Peter Beinhart
Since 1907, Portland, Oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, had taken part. This April, all of that changed.
By Conrad Black
Almost everything about the Charlottesville riot was disgraceful except the conduct of the president. The move to take down the statue of General Robert E. Lee was nonsense. Lee has few rivals as the greatest general in American history (Grant, Sherman, MacArthur, and Eisenhower perhaps). He opposed the secession of Virginia from the Union but, as was common in the South then (and has not entirely died out in any region of the United States today),believed he owed his first loyalty to his state over the United States. He was less dedicated to the virtues of slavery than was Charlottesville’s most famous son, Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University, neighbor at Monticello, and, of course, author of the self-evident truth “that all men are created equal.”
This terrible incident started as a reasonable civic demonstration by Southern traditionalists who were not hostile to African-Americans but object to the shamed renunciation of a great American heroic and folkloric figure from “Gone With the Wind,” to The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” to “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Robert E. Lee was not a precursor of Bull Connor, Strom Thurmond, James Earl Ray, or the unreformed George C. Wallace.
Once again, whatever one thinks of alt-right ideology, this article is consistent with something I have noticed for a while, i.e. the convergence of a capitalism with left-wing ideology. I think this has to do with changes in the capitalist class that have taken place over the past few decades, where we now have a rising left-wing of the capitalist class that is rooted in the “newly rich,” and outside the traditional American plutocracy (i.e. the right-wing of the ruling class). In fact, I interpret much of the left/right red/blue divide at present as representing the fracturing of the capitalist class between its traditional upper class sectors, and a rising upper middle class and newly rich with a different set of social and cultural values that are shaped more by the 1960s than by 18th and 19th century America, and the efforts of both of these to rally constituents for themselves on the ground level (hence, the MSMBC/FOX dichotomy in the media).
By Vincent Law
To those who have not been keeping up to date on all the happenings post-Charlottesville, the most disturbing trends has been the great Shuttening of Alt-Right sites, accounts, and communications.
We’ve been getting attacked on all fronts from the Corporate leviathan. From Airbnb to Paypal, GoDaddy to Cloudfare, we are under attack by the bugmen running these corporations. Even TOR, the world’s largest enabler of child pornography and narco-trafficking decided to come out and denounce the Alt-Right.
I am currently of the view that the alt-right has lost whatever potential it ever had to be a genuine radical force in domestic US politics. While the alt-right started out with a certain amount of promise seven or eight years ago, over time it has degenerated into reactionary 1920s style white nationalism, idiotic slogans and memes, support for Donald Trump, and apparently more recently, full-blown neo-Nazism. Sorry, folks, but that’s a serious dead end. However, this analysis of the “neoliberal police state” by an alt-rightist who is a veteran of other movements is actually quite accurate, irrespective of what one thinks of the ideological content of this piece.
The truth about Charlottesville is finally starting to come out, but there are still far too many in America who don’t yet seem to be aware of it, or of the magnitude of its implications.
The first violation of our basic civil rights occurred the week before, when our totally lawful permit to hold a rally protesting the planned removal of the Robert E. Lee statue, located Emancipation Park in the downtown, was unconstitutionally moved to another park located nearly two miles outside of town and out of sight of the Lee statue.
Todd Lewis joined by Keith Preston and Musonius Rufus to discuss the Charlottesville riots, the altright and the left.
It’s interesting to see where the general public actually stands in all this nonsense.
By Rod Dreher
The American Conservative
Results of the new NPR/PBS Marist poll are pretty surprising for we who have relied on the media to accurately report on the mindset of the country. It’s not that the numbers are good for Trump; they’re not. It’s that it hasn’t been nearly the disaster you would have expected. Here are the complete results. Highlights:
Wow. Actual smart people. Impressed.
In light of tensions and violence in Charlottesville, a secessionist and a black nationalist from Charleston, South Carolina, came together to make sure that what happened is not repeated in their hometown. Jonathan Thrower of the Charleston Black Nationalist Movement and James Bessenger of the South Carolina Secessionist Party join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what led them to open a dialogue.
This is what civilized discourse between intelligent people looks like. I actually agree with most of what both debaters said. Maupin is more or less arguing for democratic socialism, and Invictus seems to be a moderately conservative, classical liberal. Neither one seems that radical to me.
A debate on July 8th, 2017 between Augustus Sol Invictus and Caleb Maupin.
The debate was formally titled “The Revolutionary Left vs. The Revolutionary Right.”
The debate was sponsored by Students & Youth for a New America http://www.synamerica.com
My interview with Tom Woods. Listen here.
Keith Preston, whose writing I always find interesting and challenging, wrote an excellent overview and analysis of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend. He does the impossible here: this is as dispassionate as it gets. Enjoy.
About the Guest
Keith Preston is (more or less) a left-anarchist and the author of numerous books, and operates AttackTheSystem.com.
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“Some Initial Thoughts on Charlottesville,” by Keith Preston
Ep. 677 Our Politically Correct Totalitarians
Ep. 164 Breaking Free of Left and Righ
[Update: This assessment of the events in Charlottesville was originally posted on Monday, August 14. As of August 16, I have added some additional comments where indicated.]
[Updated: Additional comments have been added as of August 19.]
I’m still trying to find out more about what happened in Charlottesville on Saturday. But from reviewing news reports on the incident from across the ideological spectrum, and speaking with people on “both sides” who were present at the melee, here are my initial thoughts.
It would appear from the contents of this manifesto that the Alt-Right has gone full National Socialist, which means that the Alt-Right is finished as potential prototype for a serious opposition movement from the Right in the United States. The Alt-Right may well thrive as a right-wing counterpart to the SJWs and Antifa in the future, and consequently create occasional ruckuses at its own rallies, or engage in street fights with leftist opponents. But what is contained in this manifesto is not marketable to a mass audience.
Read the full manifesto by Richard Spencer here.
Additional commentary on the statement from Richard can be found here.
An equally serious issue is raised by this article by Vincent Law on the relationship between the Alt-Right and law enforcement. Clearly, the only critique of the police state that is being offered here is that the police are “not racist enough” (as opposed to the leftist claim that the police are “too racist,”), and are more concerned about protecting the state (i.e. “doing their jobs”) than assisting in the advancement of the Alt-Right cause. The fight against the police state must be a fundamental component of any kind of radicalism worthy of the name in the present day United States. The police are the front line guardians of the soft-totalitarian system (“anarcho-tyranny,” as the late paleconservative writer Sam Francis called it). This fact remains true even if one is not an anarchist or a libertarian.
Regrettably, neither the Left nor the Right has developed anything remotely approacing a comprehensive analysis of the police state and its workings in contemporary society. The Left simply advances a limited critique of the police as “too racist,” which ignores the fact that substantial numbers of law enforcement personnel and other “criminal justice” professionals are in fact people of color, and with the Left usually calling for a strengthening of the presumably “less racist” federal law enforcement in order to counter the presumably “more racist” local enforcement. Meanwhile, the only objection to the police state advanced by the Right appears to be regret that all law enforcement personnel are not more like Bull Connor, or that they are working for a government that is not sufficiently fascist. This is in spite of the fact that police state repression in the US now extends to all ethnic groups and even class positions, and even though most of our Alt-Right friends would be immediately purged by an actual fascist regime (see the fate of Ernst Roehm, Edgar Jung, Gregor Strasser, Ernst Niekisch, etc.).
For a discussion of what a more plausible right-wing opposition movement in the US might look like, check out this piece in the neocon house journal National Review by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry. This article suggests that a Trumpized GOP might be able to position itself as an ostensibly “working class” (lower middle class) party in opposition to the Democrats’ emphasis on the economic and cultural values of the upper middle class in the manner of Marine Le Pen’s Front National. Even this is doubtful given that Trump has in fact pursued a fairly conventional Republican agenda, to the degree that he has an agenda as opposed to haphazard improvisations. A Trumpized Republican Party would essentially be the normal Republican Party, perhaps with a little more lip service given to economic nationalism and immigration restriction with little action in these areas, just as the GOP has retained the loyalty of the religious right for decades using the same the methods of rhetorical overtures and token gestures.
For some reason or other, this man really doesn’t seem to fit the image of a white supremacist.
By Katie Shepherd
Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, 21, perhaps the most recognizable person in the Portland area’s far-right activist circles, was issued a criminal citation for disorderly conduct in the second degree. His nose was bloodied and bruised in a fight with counterprotesters. Despite his cuts, he continued to participate in the protest until it dissolved around 6 pm, when Portland police detained and cited him.
Portland police made the decision not to arrest him on the misdemeanor charge because he needed to go to the hospital to get stitches from his injuries. Christopher Burley, a police spokesman, said the bureau is short on resources and couldn’t send an officer to accompany Toese through his hospital stay.
Poor Spencer Sunshine wants to have an “anti-fascism” theme party and no one wants to come. Maybe this guy needs to ask himself why, out of the 320 million people who live in the United States, it’s only a few thousand leftoidal nutcases that feel the need to get worked up about this stuff.
Read the article at Truthout
In practice, since February, few groups outside of antifascist circles have done national-level, longer-term, nuts-and-bolts organizing on the ground against the organized far-right groups. For example, there has been no new wave of regional anti-far-right groups like those which existed in the 1980s and ’90s. These groups did not engage in militant direct action but did build grassroots opposition to Nazi and Klan groups. But, outside of Redneck Revolt, there is not even a sustained effort to create online counter-propaganda. (Although one of the few initiatives by moderate groups has been to limit the far right’s use of social media and online fundraising platforms.) There have been localized demonstrations — in Portland in June after the murder of two men by an Islamophobic racist, and later in the month against a national day of Islamophobic rallies — but these haven’t gelled into any coherent organization or strategy.
In other words, nobody gives a fuck about this guy and his loopy cause. As Ted Kaczynski reminded us,
Because a few hundred people having an Un-PC theme party in the park threatens civilization, says antifa intellectual Matthew Lyons of the (ironically named) Ford Foundation-supported Political Research Associates. While I agree with much of this analysis, particularly points 2, 3, and 4 (with 1 being plausible and 5 being more often instigated by the antifa), here’s the money quote:
“And even a strong leader wouldn’t necessarily overcome the basic political differences separating Alt Rightists from their conservative fellow travelers. In the long run, if the Alt Right wants to coalesce with system-loyal rightists, it either has to win more people to its dream of right-wing revolution, or abandon it.”
In other words, there will be no right-wing revolution. The Alt-Right will become another Republican interest group, like the religious right before them. Look for the Alt-Right/Alt-Lite configuration to become the xenophobe and white identity politics wing of the Republican Party along side the foreign policy hawks, neocons, economic conservatives, social conservatives, and the religious right. And like the religious right, the right-wing establishment will throw them an occasional rhetorical bone and do nothing for them. As a Facebook commentator has said:
Not sure though why the GOP will ally with guys who largely don’t go to church, are economically left, oppose US intervention, and make for the least loyal Republicans. Ain’t gonna happen.
If the religious right couldn’t even restore school prayer, ban abortion, or prevent homosexual marriage, there is no way the Alt-Right will be successful in halting immigration. As the commentator said, it ain’t gonna happen.
Here’s the money quote from this article:
“There is something not normal about a person who can read a defense of the stateless society and decentralization, secession, and self-determination as means of achieving it and immediately think Nazi because of a reference to the obvious reality of blood and soil.”
By Dan Phillips
The Liberty Conservative
Certain quarters of the libertarian universe are in an absolute tizzy because Mises Institute President Jeff Deist invoked “blood and soil” in a recent speech. In the minds of some PC brain-addled libertarians, this is clearly an indication that the speaker was dog whistling to Nazis. This is both profoundly clueless and shameless PC grandstanding.