Leading up to the election, Radix Journal will publish a symposium, "The Meaning of Trump," drawing writers from across the Alt Right. This is Radix Journal's managing editor Hannibal Bateman's entry
It’s not morning in America, instead it’s been a long twilight for as long as I can remember.
My generation has been defined by great events we had no control over, from 9/11 to the 2008 financial crash. We’ve felt as if things just happen to us, that we’re life’s eternal moviegoers. We’ve had no consciousness but that gifted to us by our hallowed “media”, typically wrapped up in tropes from the boomer generation that have sapped our country like a swarm of locusts. We’ve been indoctrinated with every lie under the sun about race, about sex, about history and above all we were fed the big lie: Equality. Most of us were content just to dream, just to hope for some future that could be instead of the nightmare we’re hurtling towards. Many times it just felt like fantasy, the past too seemed like another world, even though it was just a few generations ago. Our grandparents remembered a world where Europeans could be proud of who they are, but we’ve never known a time when we weren’t blamed for every evil in the world. Then came Trump.
Like a bolt of lightning it was as if we could dare again. Trump may not be one of us, but he’s given our people something that we haven’t known in decades, pride. For those millennials who support Donald Trump it has awakened a fire that has long been suppressed. As the media and their lackeys among the younger generation become more shrill to their contemporaries, “RACIST, BIGOT, SEXIST!” The more many in our generation come to untangle the Gordian Knot of lies they’ve been sold. This election, as Richard has opined before, contains in it the seeds of being and death. When Trump says “We either have a country or we don’t” he's making politics existential and personal. Perhaps for the first time, many are realizing that America has been in the process of becoming nothing more than a global favela. Where we once put men on the moon, today we’re just content with out of this world bargains.
People who call themselves “conservatives” have shown themselves to be the eternal losers they are this election. Their “principles” are just a mask for cowardice, and as Peter Thiel out it their “Free Market” ideology is just a mask for decline. But the world coming into being by the left and it’s conservative enablers is not the only option. Trump is an ending and a beginning. Of what, it’s hard to say just yet but for my generation he’s given us a direction towards the way out of dystopia.
Regardless of today’s outcome, we have a new beginning.