Hood Ornaments: What Makes Republicans Tick?

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    If we have to (occasionally) endure shitlords like Kevin Williamson, then we have no excuse not to maintain an ongoing Greg Hood archive. Sometimes referred to as the best Rightist writer since Sam Francis, he's actually a little better, even; not because he's more stridently white nationalist but because, like Joe Sobran, he's writing to and about people.... rather than fellow academics.

    Here was probably the first Hood essay to get him noticed - by patriot and shitlib alike. And now that Shitlib America has permanently silenced the Radix web site, the rest of us need to have access to as much of his writing as possible.

    What Makes Republicans Tick? (2012)
    Gregory Hood

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    What exactly do they want?

    You could understand if they were doing it for money. It’s easy to maintain revolutionary integrity in the midst of poverty, but there are few who wouldn’t be seduced by the promise of lifelong luxury and comfort. But they don’t really get that.

    You could understand if it was for social status. The fabled “cocktail parties” and pomp of the elite are even more tempting than a fat bank account. But they don’t really get that either, and they are despised by the actual leaders of the culture.

    You could understand if it was for power, or even the chance of power. Men will sacrifice almost anything for power, even family, love, or their most cherished ideals. But they don’t get that. They never actually get what they want. If anything, they aren’t even able to defend their own self-interest competently.

    I understand the how. I don’t understand the why.

    What makes your average movement conservative tick?

    The mystery of the American conservative movement is critical to understanding the barriers to White Nationalism in the United States. Regardless of whatever ideological absurdities, theological blasphemies, or simple intellectual cowardice plagues the American Right, the objective reality is that the American conservative movement is the most well-funded, active, and coordinated Right-of-Center movement in the Western world. Furthermore, regardless of the actual principles it espouses, the hard reality is that the American Right has increasingly become the political movement of American whites, and so there is bound to be overlap between the conservatives of the past and whatever movement arises to represent white Americans in the future.

    I take as a premise that most people reading this book are already predisposed to scorn American conservatives. They are right—conservatives should be scorned. That said, they should not be underestimated.

    The average activist or functionary in the Beltway conservative movement is competent, somewhat intelligent, focused, dedicated, and, of course, white. Let us be brutally clear—the average conservative is more capable of political activism than the average White Nationalist. More importantly, they can organize, fund, and perpetuate institutions that at least nominally move their cause forward, even as white advocates are forced to the fringe.

    At the same time, conservatives never seem to actually get anywhere. The America of today, with its vast entitlements, massive government spending, and crumbling “Judeo-Christian” culture is much worse by their own standards even after the “Conservative Revolution” of Ronald Reagan and the Revolution of 1994. Some of the more farsighted among them, like Pat Buchanan and Mark Steyn, even know this explicitly. Nonetheless, the only thing they can think of to do is vote for a Mitt Romney, who shows no signs of halting the decay and may even accelerate it. Even the most incompetent and cartoonish White Nationalist who somehow converts one other person to the cause has accomplished more than all of these multimillion-dollar foundations put together. The quest for a white ethnostate at least has the theoretical potential for victory. Conservatism doesn’t.

    So why do they do it? Generally speaking, people join movements for one of three primary motivations: financial, ideological, or social. One of the most common criticisms of movement conservatives is that they are “in it for the money.” It’s true that many movement conservatives will actively restrain themselves from speaking certain truths or addressing certain topics for fear of losing their job. However, this isn’t really the same thing as “selling out.” Websites like Counter-Currents don’t require commenters to post their names and phone numbers. Under the glorious democratic regime, normal people have to lie in order to protect their livelihood.

    The truth is that conservatism as a profession doesn’t pay very well. Sure, if someone is elected to Congress or runs a successful campaign, he might eventually make a great deal of money as a lobbyist or a consultant. However, most political activists lead terrible lives. The hours are long, the money is small or nonexistent, the food is terrible, and the influence is limited. You could run a brilliant campaign, only to lose at the last minute because of a gaffe or another person’s mistake, and you are always the one who is expendable.

    Jobs with nonprofits aren’t much better, as they combine the work hours of a high-powered law firm with the average salary of a greeter at Walmart. Even for those who have the ambition, intelligence, drive, and luck to reach the heights, the salaries are nothing to those obtained by even young employees in investment banking or finance. To paraphrase what P. J. O’Rourke and many others have observed, the best minds on the Left go into politics while the best on the Right go into business. A conservative who pursues politics as a career for financial reasons is either absurdly confident, misinformed, or a complete idiot.

    The second rationale, ideology, doesn’t have much more to offer most conservatives. True, a small number of conservatives are willing to make sacrifices and work for their beliefs even when there is no reward. Take a young activist like James O’Keefe, who used video journalism to bring down ACORN and expose voter fraud by the son of a sitting Congressman (one of the few, it should be noted, critical of America’s ties with Israel). O’Keefe is occasionally hailed as a hero by the conservative Right, but is also condemned by them when his stunts don’t quite work out. According to some reports, he is heavily in debt and fighting continuous legal battles—but, mysteriously, all those rich conservative donors haven’t helped him out even as he takes on such eminently kosher causes as proving that abortion providers are racist or that Democrats enjoy breaking election laws.

    The vast majority of conservative activists seem to have a deep disquiet with actually seeking victory, with the possible exception of pro-lifers and libertarians. Pro-lifers are the one group of conservatives who are actually willing to be arrested for their cause. But the American pro-life movement holds to an even more radical egalitarian critique of American society than the liberals. White Nationalists have nothing to look for here.

    Many of the grassroots libertarians are highly ideological and deeply dedicated. They have successfully developed a thriving subculture, complete with an internal economy. They operate both inside and outside of the system. They participate within the Republican Party and the conservative movement, but remain an independent force. They have their own overall Weltanschauung and institutions to meet activists at every level, from college students to serious academics.

    Most of all, libertarians have a serious critique of the system, and they have something to say—as long as it doesn’t get them in trouble with the wrong people. No matter how radical they are, most libertarians are cautious to apply their rigid beliefs only to those issues that fit with Left-wing talking points. If confronted by cultural Leftists, they will switch positions, run away, or actively join the other side. They may oppose the System, but like the pro-lifers, they oppose it because it is not egalitarian enough on issue like immigration, race, homosexuality, or national identity.

    Conservative Christians of all denominations may believe they are acting out God’s will on earth, but it is not a political version of holy war. Instead, the most militant evangelical Christians think God Himself will come down to sort out our affairs, and so our efforts will come to nothing. Insofar as they are passionately interested in the demographic situation of a nation, it is that of Israel, and a serious case can be made that evangelicals have evolved from worshiping a savior of Jewish blood to quite literally worshiping Jewish blood.

    Many of the more hierarchical Christians such as Catholics or some of the Orthodox believe in their denominations, but in the bloodless modern way so as not to cause offense. Christianity is justified on the grounds that it led to modern liberalism. The actual tactics that were used to establish these churches go without defense. Insofar as there are movements seeking to re-establish Christian majorities, they are swiftly condemned. It’s telling that the legendary National Review columnist and fierce Catholic Joe Sobran was unceremoniously expelled from the movement for questioning Jewish domination, while anti-God crusader, enthusiastic blasphemer, and self-described man of the Left Christopher Hitchens was warmly welcomed even until his last days. While there might be the occasional joke about the Crusades or the Rapture, the God of the conservative Christians is either an invisible Republican Martin Luther King Jr. who lives in the sky, a Pope issuing a bull on the need for more democratic elections, or an Israeli Prime Minister.

    Russell Kirk, the brilliant reactionary author of The Conservative Mind, famously defined conservatism as “the negation of ideology.” Instead, conservatism theoretically was an intellectual temperament with a mild partisan fixation. However, as “conservatism” became “Conservatism Inc.,” conservatism simply became a word, a party line imposed by a series of interlocking institutions from the top down, designed to create talking points to elect preferred candidates.

    Insofar as there is an intellectual justification for conservatism, it accepts the American founding as part of a gradual progression towards egalitarianism after the so-called Enlightenment. The idea that the Enlightenment itself was problematic is outside the consensus. Conservatives see their mission as defending the existing system, with their dissent simply functioning as a way to make it more efficient. The difference between the American Right and Left seems to be that the former is willing to dragoon pre-modern institutions to better defend modernity, whereas the latter wants to extirpate traces of the traditional West altogether.

    As Jonah Goldberg of National Review and Liberal Fascism writes, “[W]hatever our differences with American liberals may be, conservatives understand that our argument with them is still within the family. The fighting is intense, but we’re all trying to figure out what it means to live in this country bequeathed to us by the American Revolution and the Enlightenment.” It should be noted that for Goldberg, even Buchananism was too fascistic, because it hinted at a vision of an organic society.

    American conservatism can’t win because it is enlisted in the defense of a System openly hostile to the traditional loyalties of its followers.Regardless of how degenerate, egalitarian, and fundamentally Leftist American society becomes, conservatism will shift to interpret it as the new normal. American conservatives lack a core coherent ideology to motivate them and somehow, at the same time, they deny the concrete realities of race, place, religion, and real nationhood in the name of an abstract proposition nation. It is the worst of all possible political movements. At a core level, it’s not just that conservatives don’t want to win—they don’t even know what victory would mean.

    This leaves the final factor as the real secret of conservative identity—the social factor. As with all movements, the conservative movement provides its participants with being part of a shared experience, a common subculture, and a social network of friends and colleagues. This alone has a great deal of seductive power. Once a person joins the conservative movement, for whatever reason, he will be hesitant to do anything which will lead to expulsion from respectable gatherings. This has less to do with honest fear of the Left than it does with losing the respect of conservative colleagues.

    While this is a necessary part of the explanation, it’s not sufficient. Modern conservatism, if it lacks a core system of beliefs, does contain certain vague feelings that are universally shared throughout the American Right. Chief among them is a sense of superiority among conservatives. This does not contradict the egalitarian ideology anymore than status-seeking SWPLs indulging in expensive sandwiches believe anything is awry with their behavior. Status seeking is universal among humans. It simply functions in perverted ways in ostensibly egalitarian societies.

    Among Republicans, the devotion to capitalism and limited government operates not just as an economic platform, but as a social outlook. Even though the movement has manifestly failed to limit government in any substantive way, the insistence on seeing America as a meritocratic society gives Republicans a way to associate themselves with the successful. The fetishizing of “job creators,” Mitt Romney’s dismissal of the “47%,” and the vulgar, simplistic interpretation of Ayn Rand as the prophet of the capitalistic superman reflect this self-image.

    The problem, of course, is that Republican functionaries don’t function in the business world. Teenagers with business cards, college students drinking scotch, and hacks making 20K a year wearing three-piece suits to the bar are an attempt to substitute the illusion of wealth and power for the thing itself. At the core of the Republican identity is the idea that “we still run this thing.” The liberal rage against the rich and the privileged actually feeds Republican glee. As long as they do not jeopardize their position, liberal hatred helps bind conservatives together and distinguishes the elite from the rabble. Even in Obama’s America, conservatives are forever the landed elites, pitying the vulgar mobs below.

    Thus, conservatives accept the institutionalization of every new Left-wing victory. While they may complain about voter fraud, judicial activism, or mass immigration, the idea of championing a restricted franchise, nullifying laws, or recognizing identity based on ethnicity and culture is obviously unthinkable. After all, conservatives believe it’s their system.

    Working hard and engaging in revolutionary political action implies that you don’t already control everything. As Saul Alinsky observed, one’s concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one’s personal interest in the issue, and one’s distance from the scene of conflict. By considering themselves “above” smash-mouth politics because of the illusion of control, Republicans can avoid getting their hands dirty. The more pessimistic can console themselves that the world will not see their like again but still maintain the casual air of the upper class. To be a Republican is to simultaneously believe that the country is going to hell but that it is the greatest country that ever existed, and somehow, we will always be in charge.

    It’s not that many Republicans aren’t politically incorrect behind closed doors—after all, even the castrati of the College Republicans were singing “Stomping Out the Reds” not long ago. It’s that being controversial implies that you have to get your hands dirty, rather than having an air of amused mastery towards your political opponents.

    Thus, White Nationalists who look to conservatives as possible allies are sure to be disappointed. They will fight even more fanatically than Leftists to protect their American illusions. After all, most conservatives think revolution is by its very nature Left-wing. It’s therefore not surprising, but entirely logical, that Glenn Beck is opposed to Leftists because they could potentially lead to “Nazis like the Golden Dawn in Greece.”

    Being a conservative Republican involves a very specific kind of self-glorification. The premises of the Left (democracy, equality, anti-racism) aren’t systemically challenged, but Republican activists believe they still control the System. The rhetoric about individualism, capitalism, and meritocracy provide a justification to ignore “collectivist” appeals to race and nation while glorifying the self. A revealing episode at the Conservative Political Action Conference involved the author discussing the British National Party with a group of American GOP and British Conservative activists. They were horrified by the BNP, not because the party was racist, but because it “supports the working class.”

    It should be noted that many conservatives really do believe that everyone can succeed if they “work hard,” like the educator who claims that he won’t stop until every student in the country is “above average.” For example, even as Jesse Jackson Jr. stumbles through rehab, his Republican opponent (being crushed in the polls) says his primary goal is to have everyone move into the 1%, presumably starting with black urban dwellers. Of course, if one accepts this premise, it means that Republicans who associate themselves with success get to glorify themselves even more, as they “earned it.”

    Less hypocritically than urban hipsters, conservatives have developed a way to show they are better than everyone else without actually having to adopt a systematic defense of hierarchy. Those nationalist appeals that are accepted are couched in rhetoric about democracy, equality, and “freedom.” An appeal in the name of racial loyalty, traditional identity, or collective action can be safely ignored as all of these efforts imply subordination to a greater collective good.

    The Right’s fixation on American Exceptionalism is another exercise in self-deception, as the impulse for self-glorification is used to fuel chest-beating pride that America can defeat fascists and theocrats in the name of global democracy. In the end, Americanism itself becomes the real religion.

    Even if the Left totally controls the country, they can still never be comfortable with any kind of patriotism. Regardless of how far the Long March proceeds in the United States, Leftists know the United States of America was built by and for the white race. The Right remains deliberately ignorant of historical realities, simply pretending that race doesn’t exist and that there were black Founding Fathers. It’s arguably more dangerous because it twists the natural impulses of patriotism, loyalty, and the striving for greatness into an ever-more irrational and conspiratorial ideology ever-more remote from what was good about this country.

    To be a Republican offers the appearance of status, power, and responsibility without the reality. Like an unemployed black puffed up with pride because “our people” run his city of Detroit, Republican activists are a giant cargo cult of primitives who put the symbols of status before status itself. As the real America retreats from the immigration-inundated coasts, the culture collapses even in the Heartland, and the people demand an ever-greater welfare state, the Republican Party will continue to pretend they are defending their America.

    Even Pat Buchanan, who has written book after book proclaiming the “Death of the West,” thinks Mitt Romney can save us. As Garet Garrett wrote, “There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.” It’s worth noting that Buchanan also endorsed George W. Bush in 2004 on the grounds that he would give us conservative justices and that he simply could not align himself with the Democratic “tribe.” George W. Bush gave us the conservative John Roberts, who then saved Obamacare.

    The businessman who cuts the checks to his alma mater that pay Left-wing faculty, the Republican frat boy who glories in his status even as his house is abolished because it’s not “inclusive,” the faithful churchgoer who wants to defend “Christian America” as they build a mosque in Murfreesboro, the Beltway defense intellectual who plots to maintain the military superiority of Barack Hussein Obama’s Praetorians and bomb those evil tsarist Russians—all share the belief that this is still their country, and that rest of us just live here. While College Republicans can fantasize that being in the GOP will help them bag Southern sorority girls, those girls are too busy sleeping with their black high school students, and there’s nothing that the supposed “white power structure” can do about it.

    It’s tempting to say, “Power resides where men believe it does,” but that’s not entirely true. Power is concrete, not just an illusion, and sometimes the appearance of weakness is used to disguise the reality of the iron fist. The Left would have us believe that the United States of America is run by an ultra-conservative racist, sexist, patriarchal WASP ruling class that is constantly oppressing everyone. The American Right would have us believe that they are that class, but they are actually governing benevolently for the good of everyone. It’s a farce, of course, but it meets the psychological needs of both groups. In the twisted status competition of a nominally egalitarian society, the grassroots activists of the Republican Party are one giant “Wooden Titan” so committed to their fantasy of power they don’t even realize they have been dispossessed. American conservatism is social proof masquerading as a political movement, and it won’t end until we end it.
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    Agreed. Everyone should buy Hood's collected essays Waking Up From the American Dream -- they're very easy to read and you can easily digest the book in a couple of easy nights (even though it's just collected stuff you can get on the Web for free a little support for writers of this caliber is a good thing).

    FWIW, Sam Francis was my first real exposure to this ideological realm back... oh, in 2004. I subscribed to his biweekly columns after discovering American Renaissance (and reading every single issue from cover to cover over the course of two days). Reading Raspail's Camp of the Saints shortly thereafter sealed what remaining (small) parts of the deal were left over.
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    And here's the most recent Hood essay I can find - he's on AmRen, now that RADIX has been choroformed by Team Shmuel, so I presume most of his 2017 work is momentarily unavailable.


    Kill All Normies
    Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, June 16, 2017

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    A leftist tries (and fails) to understand the Alt-Right.


    Angela Nagle, Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right, Zero Books, 2017, 136 pp., $16.95.

    “Kill All Normies” is a cry for control. The author, columnist Angela Nagle, promises an examination of the “online culture wars,” a historical review of how the Alt-Right developed, and an explanation of how Donald Trump defied overwhelming hostility from the media and the political class to hack the culture and win the presidency. But really, the only takeaway we get is the same slogan every journalist shrieks when faced with an uncomfortable idea: “Shut it Down.”

    As Dr. Nagle notes, the internet has led to “the death of what remained of a mass culture sensibility” in favor of “an anti-establishment sensibility expressing itself in the kind of DIY culture of memes and user-generated content that cyberutopian true believers have evangelized about for many years.” However, Dr. Nagle worries that the “particular political form” this culture has taken is often right-wing, anti-PC, and racially aware rather than the egalitarian pap Dr. Nagle and her cohorts were presumably expecting. Instead of a progressive hugbox, what has emerged are “genuinely sinister things” hidden “amid the maze of irony.”

    What Dr. Nagle considers “genuinely sinister” tells us more about her own views than her ostensible subject. She dedicates a great deal of attention to trolling campaigns, notably the “hate campaign led against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.” Similarly, she blasts the “shocking level of woman-hatred” found online, the name-calling directed at journalists and political activists, and the various mean-spirited memes that have grown around figures such as “feminist games critic” Anita Sarkeesian.

    Naturally, a white nationalist has a different perspective on the supposedly “jaw-droppingly dark and disturbing personal abuse” such activists endure. There is not one above-ground person in the movement who does not habitually get death threats, economic punishment, or even direct physical attacks simply for believing things almost every other generation of whites would have taken for granted. As shown by the media campaigns to shut down the ability of white advocates to fund their organizations, meet in public, or even stay employed, our culture approves of such harassment. Who can imagine sympathetic media coverage for the likes of fired Breitbart reporter Katie McHugh if she ever dares complain about rape threats and promises of violence?

    In contrast, when leftists are called mean words online, they get fawning media coverage, donations, and praise for their “bravery.” Indeed, it’s precisely because the rewards for “persecution” are so great that so many people fake hate crimes or hate speech against themselves. Their critics on the Right are often expelled from various platforms, and—if they can be identified—severely punished. People like Dr. Nagle couldn’t take the heat for five minutes in our world.

    In Leslie Jones’s case, Milo Yiannopoulos was kicked off Twitter for mocking her. And though Dr. Nagle describes Anita Sarkeesian as a “self-identified games fan” (a lie), it’s more accurate to say she seized on video games as a profit-making opportunity; her complaints about the supposedly male-dominated culture of gaming meant she could garner tens of thousands of dollars on fundraising platforms that would have instantly banned her if she had been associated with the Alt-Right. She also received adoring interviews with the likes of Stephen Colbert. Lady-programmer Zoe Quinn, whose game Depression Quest was terrible—as even Dr. Nagle admits—got to address the United Nations and harvests several thousand dollars a month on Patreon.

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    What Dr. Nagle doesn’t seem to address, or even consider, is that trolling is a weapon of the weak. The Left is so determined to see themselves as underdogs that even tenured university professors, journalists who lead electronic mobs to get people fired, or female politicians somehow become helpless hate-crime victims when someone with an anime avatar sends them a picture of a cartoon frog. Similarly, the supposedly abusive speech from “men’s rights activists” that so worries Dr. Nagle is harmless compared to the anti-male vitriol of a typical college Women’s Studies class.

    The reason why political dissidents have seized on image boards, Twitter, and various other conduits of anonymous free speech is that they are the only means of safe communication. Dr. Nagle seems convinced that she and her fellow journalists are scrappy fighters against malevolent power rather than what they are: activists who use their power to inflict punishment on critics, drive out speech they don’t like, and control the narratives presented to the public. The “shitposters” on the image boards and the trolls on Twitter are not so naive.

    Dr. Nagle rails against what she calls her opponents’ “transgressive sensibility,” which is a dismissive tone “that is used to excuse and rationalize the utter dehumanization of women and ethnic minorities in the alt-right online sphere.” She adds that “the culture of transgression they have produced liberates their conscience from having to take seriously the potential human cost of breaking the taboo against racial politics that has held since WWII.”

    This shows astonishing depths of self-deception. Even five minutes on a college campus will show that “racial politics” are not taboo in American culture, but practically mandatory. What is taboo is white identity politics.

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    The double standard is so obvious and so indefensible it is not surprising whites often react with anger or bitterness. Yet, as Dr. Nagle hints at but does not fully grasp, many of the more absurd or offensive memes or analogies used by the Alt-Right aren’t a manifestation of primal rage but are a way of showing that the status quo is upheld purely by left-wing power, not by a respectable moral code.

    When it comes to “dehumanization,” it is now mainstream to dismiss a person’s knowledge and accomplishments because he is a “f***ing white male.” Violence against whites is openly celebrated in films such as Get Out. Whites, and only whites, are forbidden to identify positively with their ancestry, culture, or heritage, and are told never to act in their group interests. In mainstream American culture, whites are already dehumanized in that unlike every other group, they have no positive existence as whites. Their race is nothing more than the means by which they can be identified so they can be attacked.

    Thus, the clickbait offered by the likes of Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post is not somehow more moderate than the likes of what you see at /pol/ or The Daily Stormer. It’s simply being broadcast by powerful media companies with bigger megaphones. Using shocking imagery is a way to highlight the absurdity of those things progressives insist we recognize as true, such as that there are no intellectual differences between races, that sex is a social construct, or that a white person eating a taco is guilty of “cultural appropriation” while the Mexican complaining about it on a computer is not.

    What the media declare a moral code is really just a system of power. Trolling, subversive memes, and surrealist jokes are a way of highlighting that reality. And some of those things identified as “transgressive,” like the homosexual parading and sexual boasting of Milo Yiannopoulos, are, in the current cultural climate, a form of protection. Mr. Yiannopoulos’s tiresome braggadocio about black men was what allowed him to sneak in some observations on race and crime at Breitbart, in the same way conservatives fall all over themselves to listen to Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams critique the Democratic party.

    Astonishingly, Dr. Nagle even compares the transgressive online Right of today with the May ’68 rebels in France, who famously used the slogan “it is forbidden to forbid.” Today, the most prominent street champion of that uprising, “Red” Daniel Cohn-Bendit, spends his days as a Euro-MP, campaigning against nationalism, and the young Identitarians of today explicitly define themselves in opposition to that movement.

    Journalists like Dr. Nagle have been so thoroughly trained in deconstructing the systems of power that used to exist in the West that they don’t recognize they are cogs in the system that rules us today. And so, rather than turning that analytical lens on herself and the publications and institutions she supports, she tries to analyze internet trolls but doesn’t come up with compelling answers to explain their behavior.

    To her credit, Dr. Nagle does recognize the online Left suffers from a dramatic lack of self-awareness and has in many ways forgotten how to argue. She is critical of how even progressives are constantly being identified as “racist,” “sexist,” “transphobic” or some other invented sin for making comments that would have universally been regarded as innocent even two years ago.

    She is especially amusing when she categorizes some of the new genders which have been invented. An example is Genderale: a gender that is hard to describe, mainly associated with plants, herbs and liquids.

    Yet she argues this point like a mainstream conservative. Dr. Nagle never really explains why it is absurd to have fifty genders; she simply lists them and takes it for granted people will point and laugh. But a similarly incredulous reaction would have been provoked by someone declaring in 1950 that the federal government needs to bus black students to white public schools to achieve something called “diversity,” or someone in 1990 announcing the government must ensure men who wear dresses are allowed to use girls’ rooms. Homosexual behavior, while traditionally looked upon with disgust, has existed throughout Western history, but it’s only recently that what was once seen as degeneracy was elevated into an “identity.”

    But this is the logical conclusion of the premises you hear on any college campus. After all, if culture is a product of power and it oppresses people by forcing them into artificial social constructs such as race, binary gender, etc., why shouldn’t you be outraged if people do not recognize your newly created identity?

    Dr. Nagle’s failure to understand the Left is matched by her failure to understand the Right, and this book is often a tedious recitation of authors she may or may not have actually read. You can almost hear the bitter scream of “educate yourself!” as Dr. Nagle clumsily tries to deconstruct ideas she is unable to grasp. It’s impossible to avoid the impression that her whimsical detours into critical theory are padding, since the book reads like it was rushed in to print and is littered with typos. (Pat Buchanan’s name is spelled two different ways in one chapter; this is especially unfortunate because the chapter is supposed to be about him.)

    Dr. Nagle gives the game away at the end of the book when she expresses the hope that “the online world can contain rather than further enable the festering undergrowth of dehumanizing online politics now edging closer to the mainstream but unthinkable in the public arena just a few short years ago.” Ah, there’s that word again, “enable,” which we see from so many journalists since the rise of Donald Trump. She is no more capable of thoughtfully considering the ideas animating the online Right than her journalistic colleagues were of taking Trump’s supporters seriously. Instead, the challenge for her and her friends is always how best to cut off opponents’ access to media, resources, and credibility. Anyone unwilling to join in the repression is somehow morally flawed.

    So, for example, while it was good for previous generations of scholars to celebrate the marginal people they studied when such figures could be used to subvert traditional society, now subversion must be reined in. “When we’ve reached a point where the idea of being edgy/countercultural/transgressive can place fascists in a position of moral superiority to regular people, we may seriously want to rethink the value of these stale and outworn countercultural ideas,” she sniffs. Earlier, she thunders that “If this dark, anti-Semitic, race segregationist ideology grows in the coming years, with their vision of the future that would necessitate violence, those who made the Right attractive will have to take responsibility for having played their role.”

    Does this taking responsibility include violence? Dr. Nagle celebrates the “now famous Richard Spencer getting punched meme.” Why? “A giddy display of momentary muscle provided a temporary relief from the unfamiliar feeling of relentlessly losing.” Again, to Dr. Nagle, the “unfamiliar” feeling of political reversals is a departure from the natural order of things, a temporary retreat from that relentless progress towards equality which everyone from the Whigs to the Communists has taken for granted. And for all her talk about “dehumanization,” she doesn’t seem worried that a peaceful political activist giving an interview was sucker-punched by a cowardly, masked assailant.

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    Of course, all journalists are commissars, servants of power, activists using a tactic, policemen guarding the leftist narrative. So it’s not surprising that Dr. Nagle, like all journalists, examines her subjects not with a view to understanding them, but simply to demand that someone make them go away. Yet, there are some misperceptions which should be clarified by someone who, in addition to serving in the Great Meme War of 2016, played at least some part in building the subculture into what it is today.

    Dr. Nagle accuses the online Right of being “principle-less.” She accuses us of being hypocritical in calling for purity and tradition while browsing forums often filled with vulgarity and pornography. Most of all, she accuses us of being guilty of “dehumanizing” those not of our race.

    Yet she neglects the obvious. We were born into a world where the inheritance every other generation in American history could take for granted—nation, identity, pride, family, culture—had been deliberately taken away. The was no “traditional morality” to defend because it had vanished long before we were even born. No one of this generation knows what it is to live under a government that isn’t deliberately trying to replace us with foreigners. And European-Americans—all European-Americans—are “dehumanized” by every powerful institution in our country, media, state, and church.

    Those of us who have awakened to our own dispossession and who are groping for meaning, purpose, and identity, instead of the debris we have been offered, have no reason to be polite. We have no reason to be prudish when we were tossed into a world of filth. We have no reason to respect the institutions which have failed us. We have no interest in following a moral code that mandates our extermination.

    What Angela Nagle never quite figures out in Kill The Normies is that if you simply let people speak the truth without fear of reprisal, most will find their way to our point of view. She finds it “strange” that the “far-right” grows in a context of free speech; really, it’s only natural. If she is upset about the vulgarity on the internet and wants to have a civil discussion with us, she’s welcome to it—but that’s of course not likely. Dr. Nagle knows her ideology can’t survive rational debate. And though she and her ilk may have the money, the media access, the power, and the universities, we have the image boards and the comments sections.

    And we have the truth.
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    Another 2012 entry....this is probably his best-known and most popular. It's the one to redpill newbies with.


    A White Nationalist Memo to White Male Republicans
    Gregory Hood

    Do you get it yet?

    Look, I know you probably despise us. You’ve been told your entire life—by your schools, your churches, and your heroes of sport, screen, and stage—that there is no greater sin than racism. You wanted to be a good person. Heck, you are a good person.

    So you treated everyone with respect, no matter where they came from. You figured everyone should have an opportunity. You believed in playing by the rules. You believed in freedom. You believed in America. You thought that what makes this country great is that everyone, from whatever background, can make it together. You may have even voted for Obama that first time, despite some policy disagreements, because you really wanted to believe that race is irrelevant, that skin tone doesn’t matter, that the only colors we need are Red, White, and Blue.

    You’re a conservative, maybe even a libertarian. But you don’t want to make “arbitrary” distinctions between people. After all, we’re all children of our Creator. So you gave Obama a chance.

    Unfortunately, instead of hope and change, you got a national health care program that frightened you and would increase your health care costs. You got more racial division, not less. The economy didn’t improve—in some places, it got worse. There was a huge stimulus program—but you can’t say what all that money was spent on. And because you care about your country, you worry about the debt, and federal spending, and fiscal responsibility.

    So you supported Mitt Romney. Perhaps you even participated in a Tea Party rally or two a few years ago, careful to stick to fiscal issues rather than divisive social concerns. You were embarrassed by how white the rallies were and did your best to bring in racial minorities. You liked Herman Cain. You liked Allen West. You wanted to get blacks off the Democratic Plantation.

    The economy was collapsing so you supported a campaign focused on growing the pot for everyone. You said a rising tide lifts all boats. You talked about jobs, about growth, about making America proud again. You talked about how blacks are hit more than anyone else from the bad economy, how Hispanics in Nevada have been devastated by crushing unemployment, how a culture of dependency is taking root in entire communities. And you believed the conservative pundits that told you that America was rising, as one, to bring about real change.

    And because you’re a patriot, you felt justified in being angry. You felt your blood boil when you read how Americans begging for help as terrorists stormed into our embassy were contemptuously ignored for hours. Your heart broke when you read about the mother of the Navy SEAL crying out in anguish that “Obama murdered my son” and a grieving father at his son’s funeral treated to our buffoon of a Vice President joking about testicles. Your jaw dropped when Bill Clinton gloated that the military is “less racist, less sexist, less homophobic” now that Barack is in charge. You watched in disbelief as the President of the United States palled around with interviewers on hip hop shows like the “Pimp With a Limp” on the anniversary of 9/11 and used former crack dealers turned rappers on the campaign. You knew something was wrong, but come Election Day, we’d “Remember in November” and America would be America again.

    And then this.

    So you’re probably in a state of shock. They all lied to you. It wasn’t even close. Ohio, Pennsylvania, even Virginia—Virginia!—the great Southern state of Washington, Jefferson, and Lee. All went to Barack Obama. And as you watched the gloating on MSNBC, the victory parties in the major cities, the undisguised loathing for you at the likes of the Huffington Post, or Gawker, or Slate, you felt a sick feeling in your gut that something was deeply wrong.

    Mitt Romney won the same share of the white vote as Ronald Reagan. It didn’t matter. You worked your butt off with your church, your charity group, your neighbors. It was undone by some Somalis who can’t speak English that the Democrats bussed in and told to vote “Brown all the way down,” and they weren’t just referring to the Democratic candidate’s name.

    Take a good, hard look at those Obama victory rallies. They are celebrating your dispossession, your displacement from the country your ancestors built. They don’t even disguise their hatred. And even though you don’t think in terms of race, they do.

    Michael Moore called it a victory over hate. Howard Fineman gloated that America was turning it’s back on tradition, and thank God. Twitter erupted with black voters screeching in triumph, bragging that America belongs to them now.

    Even the President of the United States said “voting is the best revenge.” Revenge for what? Aren’t we all in this together? Doesn’t this country belong to all of us?

    Do you get it yet? It’s revenge against you—for existing.
    It’s revenge for “racism,” for conservatism, for success, for being strong and proud and accomplished. It’s vengeance against the America that once was. They have their revenge for the fact that your country existed. Barack Obama is President of these states united, and was re-elected because, not in spite of the fact that he despises everything America was.

    Look, I was like you. I was a patriotic, normal Republican. I knocked on doors for city council. I wanted Colin Powell to be President, because “a black Republican will help everyone get beyond race!” I was there too.

    And then I started looking around.


    It doesn’t matter if black unemployment is skyrocketing and their communities are devastated—they vote black. It doesn’t matter if Nevada has the worst economy in the country—they vote Hispanic. It doesn’t matter if candidates are running for re-election from the Mayo Clinic, or Congressmen think islands tip over if too many people are on them, or if blacks are worse off, by every measure, when African-Americans are in charge. It simply doesn’t matter.

    There are vast swaths of the country where elections, policies, and good government simply no longer matter. Camden, NJ, Detroit, MI, Birmingham, AL, and other once proud metropolises are shattered wastelands, and they are lost—forever—regardless of how bad they get. Let’s make it perfectly clear—George W. Bush was probably the last Republican President this country will ever see. Once you go black, the country doesn’t come back.

    Perhaps you think it will all be OK if the GOP just wins the Hispanic vote. After all, Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove tell you they are socially conservative and patriotic. Unfortunately, they favor Obamacare even more than they favor unrestricted immigration. They have their problems with President Obama—because he doesn’t support immigration enough. If you want to win the minority vote, you have to become more liberal on economic issues. Even the Beltway conservatives know it. And despite what your ministers and priests tell you about “Christian Hispanics,” they have higher rates of illegitimate births and abortions too.

    Well, c’est la vie. America is still America. Government isn’t everything right? You can still have a decent life in this country, right?

    Right?

    You probably have a kid or two. Do you have any illusions about what he is learning in school? He is being taught that white people are uniquely evil, that he is the recipient of unearned “privilege” because he was born, and that to be a moral person, he has to turn his back on his ancestors—i.e., you. If you’re a Christian, you’re faithfully taking your child to church once a week—and five days a week he’s being taught about the glories of homosexuality, or the wonders of Islam, or how black people single-handedly built Western Civilization. None of it makes sense—except that it is all targeted against you.

    Let’s say you send him to college. Well, you can look forward to paying off student loan debt for the rest of your life. It would be great if you could get free money for college on account of your race, but you’re white, so no one cares about you. This assumes your child can even ]get into a decent school, as every major school in the country fiercely defends anti-white racial preferences.

    What will he learn there? Well, he will be carefully taught to despise you, that your religion is nonsense, and that his heritage is evil. Professors admit this is their job. But the fiscal crunch will cut the fat, right? Actually, schools are cutting mathematics and serious programs, while shoveling more money to anti-white programs. The school will pay tens of thousands of dollars of your tuition money to bring in guys like Tim Wise, who will gloat that “CONSERVATIVE WHITE PEOPLE, yr nation has left the building.” And all these professors, and anti-racist guest lecturers, and professional “activists” for causes you’ve never heard of will make more money than you ever will—and you’re paying their salaries.

    Now that you’ve bankrupted yourself and burdened your child with student loans, it’s time for him to get a job. Unfortunately, there are few to be had. The government is still hiring, but unfortunately, your “white privilege” doesn’t extend to having a job.

    You know who else defends anti-white racial preferences? Corporate America. The 1% is actually pushing for diversity even more than the universities. Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Microsoft, and all the great “job producers” that you’ve been defending? They despise you, give money to your enemies, and discriminate against you because you’re white. When your right to be treated equally went before the Supreme Court, sixty-eight Fortune 500 companies filed amicus briefs to make sure you and your children can’t get jobs.

    Those are the people you want to give tax cuts to.


    Want to have a small business? Better not try to do anything with the government or from federal funds—those are set aside for minorities. Also, any of your nonwhite competitors get special financial benefits for operating, so good luck competing. Incidentally, Barack Obama is going to dump some more regulations and taxes on you, especially through Obamacare. The Secretary of the Treasury doesn’t have to pay taxes, but, well, you do.

    Well, maybe you want to be a cop or a fireman then. You can’t. Those jobs are set aside for minorities, even those who can’t pass the test. Especially those who can’t pass the test. Remember those heroic NYC firefighters on 9/11? Well, your government sued them for being too white and racist. Even dying for your masters doesn’t get you anything.

    Let’s say against all odds, you manage to get a job. Well, better keep your head down. You never know when a co-worker will accuse you of racism or sexism. There doesn’t need to be a reason—it could just be out of spite. Or because you’re Republican. Or because you reported them for stealing or incompetence. If anything, count yourself lucky they don’t shoot you—the media will report that you, as a racist, had it coming. Every moment of every day, you are on the brink of professional and personal destruction, because you are white.

    At least you can come home to a loving family right? Well, if your children watch television, they are being carefully instructed to disregard anything you teach them. Even children’s programming executives laugh about how what they do is a “fuck you to the right wing.” When they grow up, they’ll worship celebrities of dubious talent who mock and despise you. You’re surrounded by filth—you can’t go to a restaurant or a store without background music from some bimbo relying on autotune to “sing” about S&M or threesomes.

    Of course, that’s assuming your kids aren’t another victim of “random” crime by “youths.”

    As a father, sitcoms portray you as an idiot. As a husband, commercials mock you as sexually undesirable because of your race. As a white man, movies openly call for you to be killed. And if by chance you do something admirable, why, Hollywood simply changes the race.

    And what about your wife? Of course you love her. But what is the culture telling her? If she leaves you, she gets your kids, your money, and any future earnings. The culture tells her she has no obligation to you or your children. The law rewards her if she abandons you. The media tells you the real problem is a “war on women.” Maybe you’ve got a great girl, but just take a glance around the broken families and shattered men around this country, and ask yourself if the United States is a fit place for decent men and decent families.

    Starting to get it yet? Every moment of every day, you have to bend the knee. Then, maybe, they’ll let you have your job so you can pay taxes to sustain people who hate you. Maybe, you’ll have the privilege of working long hours to pay the mortgage, which costs you more, because you’re white. Maybe, you can spend a few years with the children that the entire society is trying to turn against you. Maybe you can have a dinner with the woman you love and hope that she can ignore the culture telling her she’s a traitor to her sex by staying with you. Maybe you can avoid the doom that hangs over your head every second.

    And then, you can die. In fact, hurry up and do it. The Democrats are more becoming bolder in just telling you these things.

    The worst part is you’ll have it easy compared to your kids.


    Then, when it’s all over, your life wasn’t nothing. It was less than nothing. You actively contributed to your own destruction. Despite your surrender and respectability, you’ll be remembered as a racist, a relic of an evil society.

    Want to change this? Well, you will never have the possibility of Republicans fixing the problem for you. Ever again.

    This isn’t Network. I’m not going to tell you I don’t know how to make things better. I’m not going to tell you to get angry. I know you’re angry, and it hasn’t done a damn bit of good for you or anyone else.

    I’m going tell you what the solution is.

    Everything you loved about what used to be your country came from one group of people. It’s the group you belong to. It’s the white race. And it’s not an accident that the same people who hate your country, your religion, and your family hate your race more than anything.

    You’re a white man. “American” doesn’t mean anything anymore. If anything, citizenship is actually a burden. As a white American, you are a second-class citizen in jobs, education, and government benefits. No one cares about you, and no one ever will. Those in power will deny that your suffering even exists. So why are you fighting for these people?

    The nation you loved is still there. But it’s not in the flag of a government that hates you or in the guns that serve people who don’t care about you. It’s in the faces of the white people that built this country and that sustain it today. That’s what you have to fight for.

    You need to fight for a country of your own. We need revolution if ordinary people anytime, anywhere are to have anything even close to a decent and happy life. And it makes more sense than spending your rapidly diminishing days shuffling through this horrifying nightmare that used to be your country.

    You aren’t alone. We’re fighting for it right now. I can’t force you to join us. I don’t know where you are in your life.

    But I want you to know one thing. You can’t pretend you don’t know anymore.

    You can’t kid around with talk about “taking back the country,” or “freedom,” or “liberty,” or the “Real America.” This is the Real America now. This is freedom. This is what it led to. This is the only thing it could have led to. What happened to the American Dream? It came true. “Equality” is being taken to its logical conclusion—and all you can ever hope for is serving the people who hate you.

    You can’t pretend this is still your country or that you are a free man. You aren’t.

    You can’t pretend that you can keep playing by the rules and somehow win. You won’t.

    I’m not saying you need to drop everything. I’m not pretending I know exactly what to do. But I’m saying you need to remind yourself each morning that you are a slave, and people who hate you rule you. I’m saying you need to recognize that America today is a filthy lie, the most vile and despicable fiction ever foisted upon decent people. I’m saying everything good and generous about you is being used to kill you. I’m saying there are people out there like us who really care about you and want to help you. Your government and your society does not.

    You can ignore me. Wave the American flag and pretend everything is going to be OK. But it won’t be. Turn on the TV. Listen to the radio. Look—really look—at the culture that surrounds you. I think you know it too.

    Do you get it yet? America, your America, is finished. But you don’t have to be. It’s time to fight for what comes next. It’s time to fight for a country of our own.

    It’s time to stop being Americans. It’s time to start being White Men again.
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    Great article by the way -- I think I got more out of my second reading of it than the first. It's all about this paragraph here to me:

    The businessman who cuts the checks to his alma mater that pay Left-wing faculty, the Republican frat boy who glories in his status even as his house is abolished because it’s not “inclusive,” the faithful churchgoer who wants to defend “Christian America” as they build a mosque in Murfreesboro, the Beltway defense intellectual who plots to maintain the military superiority of Barack Hussein Obama’s Praetorians and bomb those evil tsarist Russians—all share the belief that this is still their country, and that rest of us just live here. While College Republicans can fantasize that being in the GOP will help them bag Southern sorority girls, those girls are too busy sleeping with their black high school students, and there’s nothing that the supposed “white power structure” can do about it.

    All that being said -- as insightful as Hood's article is, the mentality of the average "conservative" is still as mysterious to me after reading this as it was before. Like aforementioned "cargo cults' and Voodoo rituals involving biting the heads off of live chickens, I'm still feeling like I'm staring into some sort of mental abyss that I'm simply not capable of comprehending. How can even the dullest NROnline commenter not put 2+2 together and realize that he's been on the losing side of everything since the Johnson presidency? (Indeed, it's definitely NOT about winning to these people: I even recall seeing a comment along the lines of... "We just need to get rid of all of these racist white people, and then we can reinvent conservatism"... pure self-parody but seemingly uttered uniroincally.

    And... were it not for the likes of the National Review comment section, it would be tempting to think that conservatives don't really exist. I mean, do YOU actually know any? I don't just mean people that instinctually check the "R" candidate during every election, but actual #NeverTrump/"Martin Luther King was a great 'conservative'"/"Gee, a David French presidency does sound like a pretty good idea, doesn't it?" types that actually believe the horseshit that comes out of of the likes of National Review, Weekly Standard, etc.? Undoubtedly there's a few of them out there, but they seem to be like gays in the 80's to me -- everyone knows they exist somewhere, but they've certainly got to all be in San Francisco since no one I know would ever do something like that.
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    In the past, a great writer like Greg Hood would be in National Review and interviewed on national news programs. He'd be viewed as a reasonable person with mainstream conservative views. Nothing radical about him at all. Now he's relegated to the fringes of what is deemed acceptable conservative thought. Forced, like the rest of us, to relatively small circulation websites on the internet. And if the jews have their way, not even there.
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    rags,

    I don't know if you hate reading e-books or not, but I got into it because I'm a cheap asshole (not really, but if I can get something for free on the Internet, I will do so). Anyway, if you're interested, you can download Amazon's Kindle App, register for a free month of their "Kindle Unlimited" service, and then read Gregory Hood's book for free. Actually, there are tons of "Alt Right" / WN / paleocon titles that you can read for free with the Kindle Unlimited service. Then you just unsubscribe at the end of the month, and voila, a cost of $0.00.

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