There are many things Alex and I enjoy more than fundraising…or at least how fundraising is usually done at sites like ours: Thermometers are brought out; Dickensian stories are told; and vague threats are issued that if readers don’t give money now, it will all go away. ‘Tis the Season!
Well, we think our readers deserve more than that. You shouldn’t just pay for something that’s already happening, You should help create something new and ambitious—a project that deserves to come into being but lacks capital.
So, this year, Alex and I aren’t just asking for money. We’re asking you to support such a project—one that is unique for our movement and which, we hope, will be valued for years to come.
We’re encouraging you to subscribe to a new print publication we’re launching in March of 2012. It’s called Radix, and we need your support in order to create it.
As always, your subscription, and additional donation if you’d like to make one, is tax-deductible via our host foundation.
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Radix won’t simply be “dead-tree AltRight.” It will include all new material, as well some web pieces that have been re-crafted for the page.
And Radix will be beautiful. It will include interior artwork accompanying the essays, as well as innovative typography. Radix will be something you’ll want to hold in your hands and display on your shelf.
Our goal is to get at least 200 AltRight readers to subscribe to our first two issues for 2012, at a discounted price of $20 a piece.
We also ask that you help fund a research trip that has sent contributor Andy Nowicki as far a field as South Africa, to report on White survival in the Rainbow Nation (more on that below).
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First, a little bit about the name.
Radix is a fairly innocuous title—which can be a good thing—but the word has been an idée fixe of mine for a number of years.
“Radix” is, of course, Latin, meaning “root” or “stem.” It has branched off (so to speak) into a number of terms, including “radish” and, more provocatively, “race.”
It’s also the root of the word “radical” (which has been frequently abused in our culture.) The “extremist”—that is, he who takes things too far—is one thing. The “radical,” in the true sense of the word, is another. He isn’t “excessive,” but instead uncovers the root of the matter; he searches out the source. In a Nietzschean sense, the “radical” is a physician who looks deeper than mere symptoms and uncovers the disease. (I’ve always hoped that AltRight would be “radical” in this sense of the word.)
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Before going further, it’s worth dwelling a bit on “The Paper Question.”
In starting a new print publication in 2012, some might ask, justifiably—“What are you thinking!?
Newspapers and magazines are dropping like flies; few are profitable or even sustainable. Web content has the greatest impact and reaches the most new people; it can be produced by simply hitting “post”; und so weiter… You’ve heard it all and more.
Well, there are kernels truth to these claims (and don’t worry—AlternativeRight.com isn’t going anywhere, and Radix will be made available in eBook formats). But Alex and I believe that the reports of the death of the book are greatly exaggerated.
Yes, newspapers and newsweeklies probably don’t make sense anymore. And most likely, they will either go electronic or go the way of the Dinosaurs. But just because print and paper cease to be the primary means of communication doesn’t mean books will vanish. In our minds, it signals a second, more interesting life for the book, as both a medium and aesthetic object.
Print still conveys permanence and beauty—and a certain extravagance in the age of quickly evaporating emails, texts, and tweets. And it remains true that in terms of aesthetics, print is still a more fertile ground for experimentation than HTML code.
Probably 10 years ago, many concluded that newspapers and magazines had to go online or cease being relevant. They were right. Well, the book doesn’t have to go online—but it does have to go somewhere new.
In thinking about a paper publication, I’ve been inspired by much of the print-making of fin-de-siècle Vienna and the Secession movement; that is, commercial prints that are art—both Classical and Gothic, archaic and modernist.
Radix will be published twice a year; however, as I mentioned before, each copy will be something you’ll want to return to—something in which you’ll sketch out your own ideas in the margins. And Radix won’t simply be an assemblage of essays. Each issue will develop a theme, examine a critical question for our movement from a variety of perspectives.
With this in mind, Alex and I have planned the first two issues in advance: Radix I will be entitled The Great Erasure; II—The New Imperium.
In essence, the Great Erasure (a concept and name that Alex conceived) is about the deconstruction of Whiteness worldwide—in terms of culture, politics, historical heritage. It ultimately entails the actual destruction of Whites as a unique biological entity.
The academic Left has, for a while now, been pursuing so-called “Post-Colonial Studies.” To borrow the Wikipedia definition, this discipline views itself as “accounting for and combating the residual effects of colonialism on cultures.”
It’s safe to say that every single American and European who has attended a university in the past 20 years—and every corporate employee who has undergone “Diversity Training”—has experienced Post-Colonial Studies in some shape or form.
They’ve also encountered the “hero” of the discipline: the “Subaltern,” the oppressed, the “Wretched of the Earth,” the Black and Brown man caught in Whitey’s cage—who might now begin to speak.
Whatever one might think of this, it’s clear that the discipline’s premise is outmoded and stale, maybe naive: it assumes a domineering, dynamic Europe that’s conquering foreign peoples—not one inviting reverse-colonization and its people’s dispossession.
The discipline Radix is developing better reflects reality. We call it Post-Imperial Studies. It is the experience of the White man in a world his race once dominated—in which Black and Brown are now colonizers, in which European heritage is being taken piece by piece: cultural heroes, literature, popular icons, identity—ultimately, everything. This is the Great Erasure.
A centerpiece of these post-imperial inquiries will be original reporting by Andy Nowicki on White survival in South Africa.
Andy will, in fact, be traveling to Africa, meeting with dignitaries in the Afrikaner identity movement, and, perhaps most interesting, reporting on a real, existing (if fledgling) White ethno-state for the Boer people—Orania.
Andy’s reporting trip will culminate in his visit to Orania’s celebration of the the Day of Vow, commemorating the Boers’ victory over the Zulu in 1838. (Not surprisingly, the holiday was renamed the “Day of Reconciliation” in 1994—itself a testament to the Great Erasure!)
The fact that Radix I will involve original reporting in a foreign—and, one should add, dangerous—land demonstrates the ambition of our project.
Other AltRight regulars will be asked to contribute. One piece I’m particularly interested in is Kevin MacDonald’s extensive essay on the destruction—and self-destruction—of the old WASP elites—for Americans, the most consequential element of the Great Erasure.
Our second issue will be even more ambitious, in which we begin to outline the project of a new European empire...
I’ll leave it here now... In the next two weeks, Alex and I will be further discussing our plans for Radix, and releasing more details.
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According to our analytics, among all our readers worldwide, there are thousands of you who visit AltRight some 50, 100, and 200 times per year. I hope that these most serious readers will take the first step in helping make Radix a reality.
I also hope that everyone seeing this will continue to read and support AlternativeRight.com. In less than 2 years, we’ve produced some 1,400 original posts. More important, we are a thought-leader in what could rightly be called the “alt-Right sphere”—that is, sites and organizations that appreciate Human Biodiversity, that are pro-European and radically traditionalist.
We hope you’ll join us in the exciting new stage to our journey!
*A character in Shakespeare's Winter’s Tale asks for “a race...of ginger” (IV.ii), meaning “root” or “steam.”