This interview about Donald Trump, the question of identity, geopolitics, Islam, and other issues originally appeared in a French publication Europe Maxima. Richard was interviewed by Thierry Durolle.
This interview about Donald Trump, the question of identity, geopolitics, Islam, and other issues originally appeared in a French publication Europe Maxima. Richard was interviewed by Thierry Durolle.
Editor's Note: Recently the Economist had a brief article on women and the Alt Right. Our very own Cecilia Davenport was quoted, however, the results were a bit...economized. We've taken the liberty of reproducing Ms. Davenport's full answers to the magazine below:
As I am sure you are all aware, on the day of the Presidential Inauguration our very own Richard Spencer was assaulted in Washington, DC while giving an interview. Surrounded by self- proclaimed anti-fascists, aka "antifa" who were waving signs that read "White Lives Matter Too Much", a masked man cowardly sucker-punched Richard Spencer and ran off. The story blew up Twitter, meanwhile Washington was left in flames and broken glass from antifa who were protesting President-elect, now President, Donald Trump from being sworn into office.
You can already hear the likes of Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars, in his British accent, complaining about "the intolerant Left" and how they are simply avoiding having a debate about ideas. Paul is certainly right about that. But so what? This is a new age in American politics. We no longer live in a nation where friends and family can gather around the dinner table, discuss politics, and simply agree to disagree about some issues (or perhaps even convince one another that the other has a point - shock!). Oh no, those days are no more. The age of Reason is over.
This is bad news for those who fancy themselves as "rational skeptics" or classical liberals. They now find themselves in the ever-shrinking middle ground of politics. Slowly but surely, they are losing grounds to political radicals like antifa, the alt-right, or the various ethno-cultural voting blocks that exist in the US. Sorry Paul, no matter how convincing or sound your classical liberal logic and reason is, you are never going to convince more than 10% of Blacks to support your politics. The center cannot hold. So what are the likes of Paul going to do?
It seems the antifa are going to make that choice for them. The night before the inauguration, some of the "alt-lite" personalities - Mike Cernovich, Milo Yiannopoulos, Lauren Southern, Gavin McInnes, and others, held a party titled the "DeploraBall" at the National Press Club. This party became the target of an antifa plot. Thanks are due to James O'Keefe, of Project Veritas, for uncovering the antifa terrorist plot to put butyric acid in the ventilation system of the National Press Club. Butyric acid is the ingredient used in stink bombs. While it is unlikely anyone would have been harmed, the intention of the antifa was to cause mayhem and incite political fear in the DeploraBall attendees. This is the textbook definition of terrorism. It turns out that supporting Donald Trump for President makes you a de facto Nazi according to antifa, and that alone grants them the sense of moral righteousness to commit acts of terrorism and violence against you.
What do so-called rationalist classical liberals do when confronted with an extremely irrational political foe? I guess we will find out in due time. I will say that complaining about the "intolerant left" as they are bashing your heads in, setting fires, and smashing windows is probably not going to get you very far. They aren't really interested in hearing how you are "one of the good Trump supporters" unlike those "bad people" over there, like Richard Spencer. To them, you are equally as deplorable as Richard Spencer. I mean, come on, you did vote for Literally Hitler TM over the almost First Female President, Hillary Clinton... and anyone who voted for Literally Hitler TM is a Nazi too! No amount of reasoning with these degenerates is going to change their minds.
The alt-right has its disagreements with the various personalities in the cultural libertarian movement. However, we are still willing to agree to disagree with you. We are not committing acts of violence against you (the alt-right is the religion of peace!) Meanwhile, le edgy faggot, Milo Yiannopoulos is having his speaking tour interrupted by violent antifa on a semi-regular basis. It's only a matter of time before someone is seriously harmed at one of his events (oops,too late).
I know this is a lot to ask of the alt-lite but it's time to snap out of it already. It's time to drop the rationalist way of looking at the world. That way of thinking is quickly becoming outdated. We are slowly finding ourselves moving closer and closer to civil war. There is already an unspoken civil war taking place as we speak. We see interracial violence in our country on a daily basis.
We are now beginning to see antifa move their cross-hairs from the likes of Richard Spencer to the likes of the everyday normal Trump supporter. There is no going back folks. The America you grew up loving where you could freely speak about ideas with one another is dead. We now live in the age of the soft totalitarianism of Political Correctness. However, that totalitarianism is quickly losing its softness as we find antifa have gleefully stepped into the role of the modern-day Cheka of the managerial state. It's time to realize that there is not going to be a rational and logical discussion about the future of the USA, Europe, or Western Civilization. Our political opponents are emotionally and spiritually invested in seeing that we are all destroyed. This is the reality of the situation we find ourselves in. It is time to act accordingly.
Martin Luther King Jr. day always serves as a day of reflection for American identitarians. It is a day devoted to ideals much different than the ones we hold dear, and serves as a microcosm of the values and figures celebrated today. Here is a sampling of Radix and even older AlternativeRight.com authors on the meaning of the "King" of the current year.
America's King-Gregory Hood
The God of White Dispossession-Richard Spencer
The King's Loyal Subjects-Hannibal Bateman
The Patron Saint of White Guilt-Paul Gottfried
MLK, Conservative Icon-James Edwards
Expanding the MLK Myth-Michael McGregor
A Glaring Omission-Paul Tietschke
Richard Spencer, Andrew Joyce, and Charles Lyons discuss the Orwellian future of beauty pageants, White Genocide and the "Great Erasure," the coming Trump inauguration, and Barack Obama's legacy.
John Berger, who died very recently at the age of 90, is probably not a familiar name to Radix readers. Like many activists hostile to our people and our civilization, Berger carved out an influential but relatively undisturbed career for himself. In this case, our deceased protagonist was an ‘art critic’ and author. Berger did not openly promote a course on ‘Whiteness studies,’ nor did he advance an agenda of White guilt. His mode of operation was more perhaps more insidious, consisting of an influential but somehow barely perceptible drip-feeding of intellectual poison into Western cultural self-confidence. He was a quintessential contributor to what Kevin MacDonald has termed the ‘Culture of Critique’ and, in his most famous TV and book project, Ways of Seeing (1972), he steadily chipped away at confidence in traditional Western cultural aesthetics, paving the way for ‘feminist readings’ of traditional art and pop culture. Ways of Seeing is now required reading for many college art courses.
The industrial revolution wasn’t the beginning of our discontents. No, what Weber calls the disenchantment of the world begins further back, some say with Machiavelli, some say with Luther—in fact, both were probably required to break the incarnate medieval spell. In any case, those of us who have found ourselves on the Alt-Right have almost undoubtedly viscerally experienced the hollowed-out character of the age: for most of our lives, we’ve wandered through a dead world.
I'm very happy to announce that, in February of 2017, Radix will release the second, revised and expanded edition of Tomislav Sunic's classic volume, Homo Americanus: A Child of the Postmodern Age. This edition is substantialy re-written and includes additional essays by Kevin MacDonald and Alain de Benoist.
Homo Americans: A Child of the Postmodern Age
With Essays by Kevin MacDonald and Alain de Benoist
Radix / 2017
Communism was a make-belief system, which, ironically, citizens never really believed in, and which everybody, including Communist party dignitaries, made fun of in private. Eventually, this mendacity spelled the death of the ideology and even the legitimacy of Communist states. In America, however, politicians and scholars, even the masses, passionately believe every word of democratic pablum.
The end of the Cold War was accompanied by the global triumph of the “American Way of Life,” not to mention the American-led financial system and global order. With Communism and Fascism in the dustbin, no one could question the legitimacy of such moral buzzards as “democracy,” “freedom,” “rights,” and “diversity.”
First published in 2006, and now substantially expanded and revised, Tomislav Sunic’s Homo Americanus: A Child of the Postmodern Age examines the history and “political theology” of America and Americanism—as well as their mirror reflections, Communism and “Anti-Americanism.” Today, millions of Americans pride themselves as living in a kind of universal nation, a place for all peoples; but Americanism has a peculiar history. The “Shining City on the Hill”—a favorite metaphor of Ronald Reagan, neoconservatives, and even Barack Obama—was first voiced by Puritan John Winthrop, who, before setting foot on land, declared the New World to be a New Jerusalem. Sunic interrogates this religious quality to American identity, and speculates as to the future of the American ideology in the multicultural 21st century.
Included in this volume are an introductory essay by Kevin MacDonald, on the Jewish experience in America, and a new essay by Alain de Benoist, detailing the perspective on America from the European New Right.
The Daily Beast reports on the "Deploraball"/Baked Alaska/Cernovich controversy:
These kinds of squabbles are typical of squishy revolutionaries, said Spencer, who has earned global condemnation for his hardline racist views.
“The ‘Alt-Light’ faces a major problem,” Spencer wrote in an email to The Daily Beast. “People like Mike Cernovich and Milo don’t have an ideology; they don’t even really have policies that you can point to. They are Trump fans, who are vaguely conservative and a bit neocon-ish. They don’t like feminists and SJWs (social justice warriors); in other words, they pick the low-hanging fruit.
“The Alt-Light has also hitched its wagon to ‘free speech,’” he continued. “The catch is, there’s clearly some free speech they don’t like, particularly regarding race and Jewish activism and influence. In order for the Alt-Light to maintain its current position—playing footsie with the real Alt-Right and playing footsie with establishment conservatives—they are going to have to engage in thought-policing and disavows.”
Spencer said he supports Treadstone attending the Deplora-Ball but he himself will not be going.
How long can alt-light figures like @Cernovich maintain their "edgy but not too edgy" position without having to police fans for badthink?— TheRightStuff (@ThaRightStuff) December 28, 2016
Because at some point a number of fans are gonna go places they don't want to, and then what?— TheRightStuff (@ThaRightStuff) December 28, 2016
Once you start down the path they have started down you end up right back at liberal censorship of ideas just because.— TheRightStuff (@ThaRightStuff) December 28, 2016
The Prince of Wales recently gave an interview to BBC Radio Four, during the course of which he made the hyperbolic and grandiloquent claim that the rise of populist government risks repeating the “horrors” of the Holocaust. The Prince, widely regarded as an intellectual mediocrity, remarked: “We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith. All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s…My parents’ generation fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and inhuman attempts to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.” While Prince Charles did not mention Donald Trump by name, his address is almost certainly a veiled reference to the President-elect.
All was quiet in the trenches. For five months, they had been living in a hell the world had never seen before. Across the once-verdant fields of France and Belgium lay miles of dug out trenches, barbed wire, and the stamped out light of youth to never see home again.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been witness to one of the most shameful displays I’ve ever witnessed: the attacks on my colleague and friend Richard Spencer’s mother. Her enemies have steadily waged a war of lies, gossip, and fear designed to attack a family’s very structure and a community’s trust. I guess it really does take a village.
Yesterday, Whitefish City Councilman Frank Sweeney offered us this pearl of wisdom:
Why anybody would think it’s OK to treat another human being like that is beyond me,” [Councilman Frank] Sweeney says of such images. “We fought a world war over this kind of anti-Semitism.”
Sweeney is concerned that a designated victim group in town might be subjected to mean tweeting, or even (gasp) images of a smirking frog, after The Daily Stormer’s troll armies descended on Whitefish. To think that more than 60 million people died, only to see intolerant memeing continue!
In all seriousness, let’s remember that over this past month, I was subjected to doxing and threats of physical violence by an erstwhile Politico Editor, and more death threats sent via email, text, and social media than I can count. My mother—who’s apolitical and unconnected with my ideology—was subjected to what can only be described as an attempted shakedown, a form of vicarious punishment at the hands of a nasty local realtor named Tanya Gersh.
Don’t worry, I’ll survive, and so will my mom, but it’s revealing just how little Frank Sweeney cares about us, for he hasn’t uttered a word in protest. There is a hierarchy of victims, and my mom and I don’t even qualify.
Sweeney claims that the current scandal “seems to be centered around a business, but I don’t think it is. It’s whether Richard Spencer and the alt-right have a presence in town.”
Not really, Frank.
I’ve never made a secret about the fact that I spend many months in Whitefish, a beautiful ski town in the Flathead Valley. But I’ve also never done anything public here, other than getting interviewed by some journalists over the summer. I’ve certainly never involved myself in local politics. The only reason I’m actively discussing Whitefish now is because my mother was attacked, and that is also the sole reason why The Daily Stormer is messaging locals.
As City Councilor, Frank’s job is to regulate sidewalks and trash collection and the like. He has absolutely no authority to express opinions regarding where I choose to live. And the notion that I would move to please someone as insignificant as himself is laughable. (Sorry, I’m not going anywhere, Frank.)
I’ve been aware of this puritanical individual for some time. Back in 2014, after I had been jailed in Budapest for hosting a conference, some local Rabbis involved with the Orwellian-named group “Love Lives Here” urged the Whitefish City Council to enact a “No Hate” ordinance, which would have made it illegal for anyone to “do business” with me or any organization I’m involved with. I’m not sure what this would have meant . . . or how such a law could have been enforced . . . but it would have been a comically obvious violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The Flathead Beacon, from November 18, 2014:
[D]ozens of Whitefish residents banded together and packed the council chambers Monday night, urging council members to enact an ordinance barring hate-group activities in the community. Organized by civil rights activist and local Rabbi Allen Secher, and his wife, Ina Albert, the residents offered emotional testimony in an effort to “pass a no-hate ordinance so that hate organizations cannot do business in our town,” Albert said.
Kyle Bristow of The Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas (donate to them) issued a Freedom of Information Act request and was able to obtain emails about the event. From these, we learned that City Councilman Frank Sweeney was in contact with the Southern Poverty Law Center and was actively trying to craft such legislation. In other words, after the Rabbis Secher and Albert made a request, Frank sprung into action.
From:> Frank Sweeney
To: Rosi Smith, Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: November 19, 2014
I am requesting assistance in drafting a ‘no hate’ ordinance in response to Richard Spencer and his National Policy Institute. I am a sitting City Councilor in Whitefish, MT where Mr. Spencer is a part time resident and has issued several of his diatribes from our fair city.
I almost wish little Frank had gone through with it, as it would have launched an important legal fight—which he would have lost in humiliating fashion. But instead, the Whitefish City Attorney, Mary VanBuskirk, wisely advised against any kind of ordinance. (I spoke with Ms. VanBuskirk, and she impressed me as an intelligent and down-to-earth woman, a stark contrast to Frank.) In the end, the town council issued a non-binding “resolution” in favor of diversity, which I actually publicly endorsed.
Sweeney might want to present himself as the brave defender of freedom—at a recent City Council Meeting, he read aloud the words of Evan McMullin—but in reality, he is nothing less than an enemy of civilization. In his way, he’s a typical Boomer Cuck, who signals his righteousness to minority “victims” by attacking White people they deem “racist.”
I’m happy to say that Frank’s true nature is no longer a secret.
Germany's Manuel Ochsenreiter joins Richard to discuss the geopolitical background and implication of the Hugo-Boss-clad assassin in Turkey and the ISIS attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.
Sacrifice. Everyone in the Alt Right will be familiar with it to some degree. Many of us, particularly those most publicly engaged, carry personal, professional, and financial scars that bear witness to a tour of duty in the war of ideas. Even success can be punishing. Our leaders know only too well that every push deeper into the public consciousness will be met with a more bitter and more personal response from our panicked and ruthless opponents.
I briefly discuss some of my thoughts on Rogue One and what it tells us about the nature of Left and Right.
This past July, Richard Spencer chalked up an impressive feat for any heretic: getting perma-banned from an entire country, in this case the UK. In a letter from current Prime Minister Theresa May to Spencer, in which she explained her diktat, May declared Spencer in violation of an “Unacceptable Behavior” policy. More specifically, May cited Spencer’s call for a European homeland on the North American continent as the primary reason for the ban. Without further elaboration or explanation, it was claimed that this call may have somehow fostered intercommunity violence in the UK. Spencer’s very presence in the country was therefore deemed not to be “conducive to the public good.”
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States has been a flashpoint for identitarians the world over. But with the campaign over, the real battle for the administration has just begun. Of course, Donald Trump is no identitarian (in fact, he’s disavowed the Alt Right), but for those who see hope in his civic nationalist project to reduce immigration, Donald Trump’s cabinet choices are of paramount importance. Personnel is policy, as the old Washington saying goes.