First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
This quotation, widely attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, probably has much more pedestrian origins. Nevertheless, it and similar quotes conveying a chronological evolution of the reaction of one’s opponents came to mind when reflecting on the suppression of the last two American Renaissance conventions. These suppressions of freedom to meet and assemble were orchestrated by what are likely a pitifully small handful of pasty, self-hating, White, neo-hippy morons and their ironically ethno-nationalist friends of color. However, reflecting on the history of peaceful and uneventful conferences that had preceded these two, one wonders if this transition from ignorance and derision on the part of the instruments of the Establishment to a position of ambivalence or tacit approval of means of suppression is wholly accidental.
I myself doubt this and I would take the aborted attempt to associate American Renaissance with the deranged Jared Loughner as well as the perversely innovative Deratany lawsuit as examples of a diffuse but intelligible trend towards silencing undesired voices in the West’s political and ideological spectra. Thus, the disruption of the American Renaissance conferences; as well as other disruptive/suppressive events, including antifa chest-thumping about their amazing bravado and derring-do in the face of an elderly, bookish Englishman and a comely lady are examples of an escalation that seems to have tragic, historical parallels.
There are a few things that are notable here:
Firstly, the pathetically embryonic nature of any kind of White nationalist movement that the establishment seems to believe is revealed though Mr. Taylor’s American Renaissance, Mr. Irving’s contrarian history, and other, similarly small, diffuse, and poorly-funded manifestations. When one considers the tremendous asymmetry of power, ostensible presence, and communicative ability between White nationalism in its entirety (casting the net even to the most irrational extremes) and the Establishment, one can perceive the tremendous fear felt of the former by the latter. What one might feel for some creature so dangerous even in infancy that one must kill it in the womb in order to allay the danger.
Secondly, the irrationalism and religiosity of the true believers of the antifa and their ilk. This is a subject worthy of greater discourse, but the religious nature of the Secular Humanism that forms the foundation of their “thought” (I hesitate to use that word in this context, seeing as there’s not a great deal of thinking actually involved on their part) is evident in their hateful, intolerant, and violent reactions to those they perceive as heretics. Indeed, the rantings of the Marxoid dimwits who populate these infantile, militant appendages of the intellectually bankrupt Left are becoming more and more deranged and devoid of any tangible association with reality.
Thirdly, and this is the aspect I find most interesting and sad: An impartial examination of American Renaissance’s positions vis-à-vis race and especially the Jewish Question would clearly reveal that American Renaissance could, in a sane world, serve to give voice to the West’s White population in a remarkably moderate fashion. By permitting this organization to be silenced, the establishment effectively forces the evolution of nascent White nationalism and the alternative Right towards more hardened structural forms. By this I mean organizational forms that are less vulnerable to penetration, compromise, control, suppression, or co-option. Indeed, it could be said—and many would say outright—that American Renaissance was an example of an organization that, through its philosemitic positions, open and forthright behavior, and Classical Liberal political positions, required no such countermeasures (a source of criticism one finds voiced by American Renaissance’s critics from the Right quite often).
I am not sure if this reveals the Establishment’s fear that American Renaissance served as an undesirable gateway to White nationalism, or if Establishmentarians are simply not as smart as we sometimes think they are—and are indeed killing a gentle father, whose hardened sons will not soon forget the lesson.