Stabbed in the Back

Charles Lyons joins Richard to discuss the third presidential debate, the abortion question, the "rigged election" meme, the breakdown of American democracy, and Spengler's concept of late-stage caesarism.

Better Dead Than Racist

Cold War liberals used to parrot the mantra “Better Red than Dead.” According to this line, the prospects of nuclear war were so dire that surrender to the Soviet Union was morally preferable to an anticommunist foreign policy that, in its willingness to provoke our nuclear foes, might cause the end of human life on earth.

Enemy of the State

John Morgan and Roman Bernard join Richard to discuss Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008), political philosophy, the illusions of anarchy, and the contradictory nature of sovereignty.

The Day the Music Un-Died

Music died around 1993. I was there at the funeral, on the staff of Riff Raff, a failing rock magazine that realized too late that, post-1993, the music biz would mainly be about recycling pieces of the corpse of the Great Tri-Decade (1963-93), when music was actually alive and capable of growth as a multi-dimensional form of cultural expression.

I must have had an intuition, as the column I was writing at the time was a troll-like humor page by the name of “The Fly Column.”

When the music died, I knew there would be consequences. First of all, I edged away from my own nascent career as a musician. Secondly, I realized that music journalism would only ever be a good for getting backstage at gigs and hanging out with famous people, not a way to make an actual living. But, of course, the death of music also had bigger consequences for society in general.

Since at least the 1950s, when rock n’ roll–the ur-form of the music style of the Great Tri-Decade–held sway, music had been the main system for defining and organizing youth.

In the movie Quadrophenia (1979), set in the 1960s, it was Mods and Rockers. Then there were hippies (including the Manson Family), glam, and heavy metal. In my own youth, I was a New Age Rocker with NWOBHM and prog leanings–in contrast to Poodle Rock or Hair Metal, while a lot of other kids identified as Goth or Punk, or were into the various sub-sects of druggy, dance music–Madchester . . . something or other.

So, the effective death of music in the 1990s also meant that the organizing principle of youth culture disappeared. Maggot forms of it–I am thinking here of grunge rock, Britpop, and various forms of thrash metal and rap-metal–lingered on through the ‘90s into the Zeroes, but the associated “tribes” were half-hearted at best. This was the time when youth realized that ID-ing through music was a joke–hence the rise of the atomized bedroom or basement culture of the Millennial age. The vacuum had been created, and the vacuum also had consequences. So, how was it filled?

One clue was in the name of the movement, with which I have now become associated, as a kind of “founding father”–its Alexander Hamilton or John Knox Witherspoon. Yes, I am referring to the Alt Right, and in particular the “Alt” part of the term, which to anyone from Gen-X evokes the whole idea of “alternative music”–namely music that was cool, detached, and grass-roots-up, rather than dictated by the profit motives and sleazy designs of the big record companies, the “Lügen-labels.”

This “Alt” aspect is what made the Alt-Right cool and worth belonging to, but also there was an odd sense of déjà vu in play. Here we were, some of us not so young, but existing on the kind of stretched teenage time that modern society makes possible, organizing as a kind of youth culture–only this time without actual music, for which blogs, podcasts, and memes soon became a substitute.

And like any music-based youth culture of the ‘60s to ‘90s period, we soon found ourselves splitting off into camps and having the occasional shindy or disagreement, like Mods and Rockers at the Brighton sea-front.

There were those of us who felt the need to impress with their technical proficiency, their grasp of heavy-hitting philosophy . . . Cue NRx and a few impressive “solos” on Evola or Heidegger.

Then there were the Hardcore Punk kids, who liked it hard and simple, the kind of morose little mofos that want to be body-slammed and pride themselves on being into more abrasive and unlistenable forms of music than each other. . . Cue The Daily Stormer, Iron March, and the ragged edges of TRS. This part of the Alt Right could conveniently be termed “Nazicore.”

Then between “the fire and ice”–to use an analogy from “Spinal Tap”(1984)–there is the “lukewarm water,” the equivalent of mainstream rock fans, those guys who admire the occasional prog exuberance or chuckle along ironically to the head-banging of Beavis and Butthead, but find their comfort zone somewhere between Guns N’ Roses, Dire Straits, and –ulp!– U2. These are the guys who will buy the records they like, even if they come from the big labels, but who are also prepared to shop around and “go Indie” if they have to.

The music-tribe analogy even extends to our gay disco and glam divas–Milo and co.–towards whom we cast either a tolerant and half-embarrassed glance or a withering glare and “Disco Sucks” malevolence.

Yes, take another look at that ever-fragmenting and multi-mutating organism called the Alt Right, and tell me, is it really that different from the music tribes and sub-tribes of the Grand Tri-Decade? In place of the music and the fashion, we now have metapolitics, but then we are also putting the “fash” back into fashion, and thanks to the likes of Paddy Tarleton, Walt-Bismarck, White Hot Takes, Xurious, and others, we even have the music.


It's obvious that the leaked, decade-old audio of Donald Trump confirming that yes, he is, in fact, Donald Trump, was a planned hit job. But this wasn't a DNC-media complex hit job. No doubt they were alerted, of course, but all the signs point to this being a hit coordinated by the RNC and the Bush family. 

Morality Is a Will to Power

Charles Lyons and Richard discuss Trump's "pussy grabbing," the convergence of feminist and cuckservative moralizing, and how Trump saved his campaign in the Second Presidential Debate.


Katy Tur
Château Hertisete, "Betas Don't Grab Pussy"
Nancy O'Dell
Radix Podcast on Mike Pence
Frank Luntz focus-groups Trump:


Jason Chaffetz
Spencer, "Hackery and Hope"

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Hackery and Hope

Wikileaks came through after all. And while there might not be a smoking gun, there is some there there. At the very least, we have a more complex picture of Hillary Clinton and some of the people surrounding her.

The “money shot”—and the quote that will be endlessly repeated by Alex Jones—is the revelation that Hillary is a “hemispherist.”

My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.

While there’s more than a whiff of “NWO conspiracy” to lines like this, they are pretty standard fair for bankers, corporate tycoons, and political shills who wax on about saving the world over Glühwein in Davos.

It also demonstrates the role that nation-states have been playing for decades now: they are not really about “democracy” so much as facilitating the development of regional and global economic structures.

Hillary must thus play the “double game” of appearing as a kindly grandmother, who worries about income inequality and “working families,” while pursuing a grander vision.

And thus we have. . .

Clinton: But If Everybody's Watching, You Know, All Of The Back Room Discussions And The Deals, You Know, Then People Get A Little Nervous, To Say The Least. So, You Need Both A Public And A Private Position.”
Clinton: You just have to sort of figure out how to -- getting back to that word, "balance" -- how to balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that's not just a comment about today. That, I think, has probably been true for all of our history. . .

It's easy to express moral outrage at Hillary’s patent hypocrisy. But the fact is, every politician—especially ones operating in democratic elections that are effectively endless, totalitarian reality shows—must behave in this manner to a great extent. I would actually be worried about a politician who didn't know the rules of the game. The whole point of political action is to bridge idealism with pragmatism.

The Alt Right should have “dreams”—dreams that might very well not “play in Peoria,” that is, that might not be sellable to average people at the moment. Trump has been a watershed, because he has been a popular politician—the kind of man who speaks the language of average people—but onto whom we have projected dreams.

In other news, many of us have had a long-standing debate over whether liberals really believe their own bullshit—i.e., whether liberals truly believe that all races are equal—or whether they simply use liberalism, cynically, as a tactic for manipulating the public and remaining on top in a chaotic multi-racial world.

To this ongoing debate, I add the email stylings of a one “,” who combined an anti-German (and most likely Jewish-derived) bigotry with a bit of Sailer-esque race realism.

Subject: What's the difference between a German and a shopping cart? A shopping cart has got a mind of its own Germany’s energy policy manages to harm the environment and cripple the German economy at the same time……….. That’s yet another example of German gawd-awful Gutmenscherei, more aptly described as Vollidioterei – which is set to do more ever-lasting damage to the whole of Europe than all other previous German extremist ideologies combined. Normally, I would look for corroborating evidence in the local media, but the only thing you can learn from the German press is that there are 50 ways to tell a ludicrous lie about Mama Merkel & her Multikulti Morass. Among the multitudes of MSM falsehoods rammed down the throats of German brainwasheables, the German media are arguing that the many millions of new arrivals will somehow replenish Germany’s graying and shrinking labor force. Never mind that all available figures show that the vast majority of working-age Muslims in Euroweenieland are not only jobless, but also structurally unemployable (completely lacking in all marketable skills). The frightening future of German schmeducation can be best seen in a clip giving an impression of your average Mickey Mouse vocational school, which aims to turn Muslim kids into semi-employables at the lowest possible level and fails miserably across the board. . . It’s no brain surgery, but the media have long failed to provide a clear credible answer. They are unable to come up with an answer or don’t like the answer that’s staring them in the face. The main reason behind successful immigration should be painfully obvious to even the most dimwitted of observers: Some groups of people are almost always highly successful given only half a chance (Jews, Hindus/Sikhs and Chinese people, for example), while others (Muslims, blacks and Roma, for instance) fare badly almost irrespective of circumstances. The biggest group of humanity can be found somewhere between those two extremes – the perennial overachievers and the professional never-do-wells.

Does the fact that they get HBD make it better or worse?

Trump and the New Global Paradigm

Most agree that the 2016 Vice Presidential debate was utterly unwatchable and will thankfully not be repeated. The conversation resembled a creepy middle-school gym teacher needlessly interrupting the varsity football coach at a high-school assembly.

I was never a fan of the Pence pick, but the governor has mostly proven himself a loyal lieutenant in the Trump army, deflecting and reframing most criticisms of his chief.

But last night, we reached the limit of Pence’s loyalty—and it didn’t involve matters of a beauty-queen porn star or a female journalist menstruating through her eyeballs.

Arguably, Trump’s foreign-policy ideas are more radical than his hardline on immigration.

Trump has articulated his opposition to illegal immigration with more gusto than any presidential candidate of recent memory, to be sure. But his actual policies remain just within the Overton window of American “conservatism.” In other words, a mainstream, CPAC-going right-winger would at least debate Trump’s immigration position, or even defend it, even if he doesn’t much like it.

Trump’s skepticism of the Iraq War and foreign intervention shares much with Ron and Rand Paul, and is thus barely tolerated and actively opposed by most "conservatives" and Republicans. But Trump’s nationalism—in particular, his pro-Russian views—are totally new and, indeed, unthinkable.

The notion that America has no great conflicting interests with Russia and much common ground . . . that Washington should collaborate with Moscow in supporting the civilized autocrat Bashar al-Assad in opposing Islamic radicals . . . these ideas are almost pornographic in the minds of most self-styled “conservatives.”

The times are a-changing. But we shouldn’t underestimate the degree to which Trump is in singular opposition to the conservative establishment and bi-partisan foreign-policy consensus.

Heartbreak Hotels

Over at the Daily Mail there is an absolutely heart breaking article about the dispossession of Afrikaners. Their dispossession is very real, and it's one in which our elites would prefer to sweep under the rug.

Here are just a few of the images, and do go over and have a look at the rest, it's the future we're all fighting to prevent!

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Fish Out of Water [Podcast]

Who Is Theresa May?

Still childless, frumpy, and weird looking. 

Still childless, frumpy, and weird looking. 

Sean Gabb:

Though she was the only candidate not manifestly unfit to keep watch on a public toilet, I groaned when Theresa May became Prime Minister. She had been a dreadful Home Secretary [Tell me about it!]. In the Referendum, she had formally supported the Remain side. There was reason to suspect, given its abbreviated manner, that her appointment was some kind of Plan B by the Conservative Party establishment to ignore the will of the people.

I have just watched her speech to the Conservative Party Conference. As these things go, its wording was unusually transparent, and its delivery neither patronising nor robotic. It supports an hypothesis I formed shortly after her appointment, and that I have so far seen little evidence to overturn. This is that those parts of the British ruling class represented by the Conservative Party have decided to risk an almost complete break with the European Union. This may not have been something they wanted before the Referendum, but is something that they have now decided is most congruent with their interest. I will explain.

First, leaving the European Union unites the Conservative Party. This has been split since at least 1970, and the split was largely between the Party leadership and its membership and normal electorate. It became apparent when Edward Heath forced through the European Communities Act 1972. It contributed to the Conservative defeat in 1974. Without ever closing, it became less of a wound during the high days of Margaret Thatcher, but worsened again once she began her decline after 1987. It may have ruined the Major Government. It certainly contributed to the internal chaos that allowed the rise of Tony Blair to go uncontested. It did much to keep the Conservatives out of government before 2010.

Looked at overall, the June Referendum gave no decisive answer. But, looking past the Celts and the ethnic minorities, the English voted to leave by two thirds to one, and there was almost no class difference in the voting. We remain the largest group in the United Kingdom, and we are the people who are most inclined to vote Conservative, even if only occasionally. The Party and electoral arithmetic were obvious. The Labour Party was already damaged by losing the 2015 election and by its choice of Jeremy Corbyn as leader. The Liberal Democrats were pretty well destroyed. The Celtic nationalists could be ignored or faced down. Let a Conservative Government take us out of the European Union, and an almost accidental and perhaps a brief advantage given in 2015 might become as total and continuous as the Whig ascendency after 1714. Set beside this opportunity, the desire of certain business and administrative interests to remain in the European Union was of little weight.

Brexit will disapoint "Anglosphere" nostalgics:

[M]y fear that leaving the European Union would make us at once into a total satellite of the United States may be obsolete. I have no time for the Heath Government, but accept that part of its agenda was to counterbalance the influence of America. Since then, many of the most articulate Eurosceptics have been less interested in British independence than in strengthening what they call “The Anglosphere.” This explains much of my own disenchantment with Euroscepticism after the Iraq War. But the magnetic pull of Washington had its climax between the second term of Bill Clinton and the first of George W. Bush. Since then, that pull and American influence in general has been in decline. I have no idea who will win next month’s election in America. But I doubt if America will be quite the overpowering master in future that it has been.

For this reason, we can expect Britain outside the European Union to act at least some of the time in British external interests. This will not involve the almost total isolationism that I would like. There will be a continued strutting about at the United Nations, and British servicemen will continue making trouble in already troubled parts of the world. But I no longer fear that we shall become an American satrapy.

The Alt Right chnages the game:

I remain alarmed by what our own Government may do to us. Theresa May was a bad Home Secretary who continued the drift to despotism that began under Margaret Thatcher. On the other hand, if specifically libertarian arguments retain as little appeal as they have ever had in my lifetime, the sudden prominence of the Alternative Right is cause for hope. Its own agenda, if not libertarian, is less despotic than that of the present Establishment. Even otherwise, the few decades that separate the decline of one order of things from the entrenchment of another tend to be an age of relative freedom. The Alternative Right is an entirely American fashion as yet. It has barely any counterpart in this country. But, in almost every sense, we wear American clothes, and I am no longer so ready to believe that Britain outside the European Union will become a nightmarish Airstrip One, with state barcodes in every wallet and revolving an equally lunatic hate campaigns.

Cautious optimism. A very English attitude!

Trump Won the Night

Donald Trump's debate performance was certainly not the fireworks spectacle many of us were hoping it would be. Hillary opened herself up to verbal kill shots a number of times, and Trump largely ignored them. For example, on the topic of cybersecurity, all Trump really needed to say was, "The most important step we can take is to vigorously prosecute any government official who uses an illegal, private server to transmit classified data. US law is clear: Intent does not matter. We cannot have our highest officials recklessly---and that's FBI director James Comey's word---disregarding our national security so they can hide their communications from the government."

Radical Chic

Charles Lyons (@reactionarytree) joins Richard to discuss Milo’s plans for “destroying the Alt Right,” what the Alt Light is and how to deal with it, meme magic, and the rise of the Kek religion.

Esoteric Populism

Populism has long been a dirty word to neoreactionaries, but this disdain misses a certain hidden element to populist movements, one that at its core sows the seeds for building a new elite and restoring hierarchy.  There is an esoteric element to populism we ought to keep in mind and exploit for our own goals.

A Tale of Two Conferences

Two groups held conferences in Washington, DC this past weekend, symbolizing both the past and the future of youthful right-wing revolt. As is well known here, the National Policy Institute attempted on Friday to hold a press conference with Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, and Peter Brimelow in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club. This prompted the Press Club for the first time in over a hundred years to cancel the event—and even block NPI on Twitter.

Alt Right Press Conference: STILL ON!

UPDATE: On September 7, the National Press Club took the unprecedented step of cancelling the press conferene citing unspecified "security" concerns. Despite this censorship, the event will continue at an undisclosed location. All registrees will receive the new location on the morning of September 9. All interested press, please contact Henry Wolff at or (703) 716-0900. Eventbrite Link/Contact

On August 24, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton dedicated a major campaign speech to the “emerging” ideology known as the Alt Right.
An unprecedented amount of attention was given to this young movement, to which millions of Americans are are being exposed for the first time. (And unfortunately, Clinton got quite a bit wrong. . .)

So what is the Alt Right?

What is this movement, which has been called “dangerous,” “radical,” and “fearsomely intelligent” by its observers?

How has the Alt Right—born on the Internet in the past eight years—attracted so many passionate fans and critics and become a force in American politics in such a short period of time?

Who makes up the Alt Right, and what are its central ideas?

On Friday, September 9, The National Policy Institute will host a conference—free and open to the public and press—in which Alt-Right leaders discuss their movement.

Participants include

  • Peter Brimelow, Editor of, author of Alien-Nation and longtime immigration analyst and activist;
  • Richard Spencer, Editor of and President of The National Policy Institute, who coined the term “Alt Right”;
  • Jared Taylor, Editor of American Renaissance, a webzine dedicated to race and its impact on society.

Brimelow, Spencer, and Taylor will address particular aspects of the Alt Right and take questions from the public and media.

Admission is free. Registration is recommended, as the room’s capacity will likely be reached, and only registrants will be guaranteed seating.


Friday, September 9, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)


Venue to be Announced Morning of September 9 - Downtown, Washington, DC 20001