why white nationalism is a non-starter

Among the various groups who comprise the motley crew of political dissidence in the modern West the most notorious are the white nationalists. Their dream is of white ethnostates. There are many reasons why this notion is, perhaps unfortunately, totally fanciful and it’s worth looking at a few of them in detail.

First off white nationalists tend to blame immigrants for all their woes. It’s all the fault of the Mexicans or the Somalians or the Muslims or whatever. White nationalists often seem to have trouble comprehending that these immigrants are not invaders. They have not fought their way through our heavily fortified defences nor have they defeated our armies in the field. They have been brought here by our own leaders. They are here because our political leaders, business leaders, our media and our church leaders have decided that they should be here. In other words the fault lies with our own elites.

The second problem is that white nationalists do not understand how elites function and maintain themselves in power, and they do not comprehend the make-up of the alliances that keep allow elites to maintain their power.

The elites are predominantly white but they have zero white identity. Their entire identity is bound up with membership of the elites. For the elites class trumps race or ethnicity.

The elites are by definition a small group and to remain in power they need loyal servants. In the case of contemporary western globalist elites they get support from two sources, the Coalition of the Fringes and the wannabe elites. The Coalition of the Fringes is a term coined by Steve Sailer to describe the alliance of victim groups who provide the elites with the votes needed to maintain power whilst  retaining the appearance of democracy. Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, the LGBT-whatever crowd, etc.

Since these groups seem to have few apparent interests in common how is the Coalition of the Fringes held together? Blogger Spandrell explains it with his theory of bioleninism. These groups are entirely dependent on the existing power structures. Without those power structures they’d have zero status and no money. They are loyal because they have no choice. They have nowhere else to go.

The key to Spandrell’s theory is that the elites don’t care that these followers are often of very limited competence if not entirely incompetent. What the elites want is not competence but loyalty. The absolute loyalty of people who have no other options.

Many of these people are white. The LGBT-whatever crowd are still mostly (although not entirely) white. They are white but they have no white identity. They identify as LGBT-whatever. The extremist feminists who live off the government and make up another part of the Coalition of the Fringes are still mostly (although not entirely) white. They are white but they have no white identity. They identify as feminists.

As well as the Coalition of the Fringes there are the wannabe elites. Academics, schoolteachers, bureaucrats, senior military officers, low-level media types etc. They are also entirely dependent on the existing power structures. Without those power structures they’d be without status and money. These groups are mainly white but again with zero white identity. They have thrown in their lot with the elites. They adopt what they perceive to be the values of the elites.

So even if by some magical process all the non-whites could be made to disappear you still would not have the utopian white paradise that white nationalists dream about. The white elites would not suddenly discover a sense of solidarity with working class and rural whites. The white elites would continue to hate and despise and fear the non-elite whites and the non-elite whites would continue to hate the elite whites. And you’d still have a society that reflected the values of the elites. You’d still have a decadent degenerate society of atomised individuals with no sense of common purpose.

White nationalists for the most part are so focused on race (and on Jewish conspiracies) that they fail to understand any of this. They fail to understand that their fantasy really is a fantasy. One of the few ho does get it is James Lawrence. His essay Contra Cosmopolitanism is very much worth reading.

Don’t get me wrong. I do sympathise with some of the aims of white nationalists and I do think ethnostates are generally preferable to multicultural states. And I would certainly love to see an end to immigration. I just don’t think the idea of white nationalism based on white racial solidarity is workable.

Meanwhile white nationalists frighten off the normies and make it difficult for any reality-based dissident movement to gain traction.

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Happy Christmas

A very happy Christmas to everyone!

Coming Apart French style

Interesting piece, The French, Coming Apart, from City Journal about French geographer/housing consultant Christophe Guilluy.

Housing is something that the dissident right all too often overlooks (apart from Steve Sailer who has always understood that it’s a crucial issue). The Left used to worry about housing but nowadays they’re not interested.

Guilluy describes the ethnic cleansing of working class native French from major cities like Paris. One of his strengths is that he understands that neither class cannot singlehandedly explain the destruction of countries like France but nor can race. You have to comprehend both class and race.

In cities like Paris the ethnic cleansing of native French neighbourhoods is not seen as a problem by the elites. That’s not because the victims of the ethnic cleansing are ethnically French. It’s because they are working class. As far as the French elites and middle class are concerned those working class people are no longer needed so they should just die.

Guilluy also talks about the fact that there is now not one bourgeoisie but two. That should have led to tensions within the elites but it hasn’t because the old money sort and the new tech economy sort are united by their hatred of the working class and their desire for cheap labour provided by immigrants who will work for starvation wages.

He has an interesting explanation for the fact that both old and new bourgeoisie consider themselves as being leftists. They are “the ‘glass-ceiling Left,’ preoccupied with redistribution among, not from, elites.”

The article is very much worth a read.

Hat tip to Nourishing Obscurity for finding this piece.

moral and immoral art

Oscar Wilde famously said that, “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.” He was of course wrong. Wilde said many clever things but the fact that a statement is clever does not make it true. And of course Wilde was a degenerate so he had an axe to grind.

Books take a moral stance. That may be an explicitly moral or immoral stance, or they may pretend to be neutral. But if you’re neutral on the subject of morality then you’re taking a stance on the issue – you’re coming down on the side of scepticism on the issue of morality.

It’s the same with movies and television, and even the visual arts. Even landscape painting is not immune – pure landscape painting became popular with the rise of the Romantic movement and it was implicitly nature-worship and implicitly pagan.

Everyone has a position on moral issues. If you claim to be indifferent to morality then you’re taking the stance that morality doesn’t matter so effectively you’re casting your vote for amorality at the very least.

Of course there’s a world of difference between an artist or writer (or film-maker or musician) who tolerates or ignores immorality and one who actively promotes. The former can be accused of cynicism or even cowardice, but the latter is actively evil.

It also has to be remembered that today more than ever art and literature are seen as political acts. It’s very hard to be neutral. Art and literature are energetically used to undermine what is left of traditional morality. The question of the morality of art and literature matters very much.

Can a work of art or a book be great and still be immoral? Wilde was certainly partially correct – books are either well written, or badly written. An immoral book can be superbly well written. Perhaps it can even achieve greatness. But it’s still an immoral book. It’s still evil.

Can we afford to tolerate great art and literature that is actively evil? My view is that the history of the past century is pretty strong evidence that we cannot.

Illinois officially embraces Satanism

There are those who think that western society is in deep trouble so it’s reassuring to hear some positive news. In the Illinois Statehouse there’s a display this holiday season where various religious traditions are being celebrated. Including Satanism. Because we have to be inclusive!

Here’s the inspiring story.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids at Christmas why not take them to see Satan instead of Santa? In Illinois you can do just that.

Remind me again why we should be trying to save western society.

paganism and morality

I’ve talked before about the importance of religion to a successful society and to speculation as to whether Christianity should be abandoned as a lost cause and some kind of alternative sought. I’ve also talked about the extreme difficulties such an option would face and the dubious chances of success.

There are those on the dissident right who see a revival of paganism as a viable alternative. For a whole series of reasons I think the idea is a complete non-starter. The one thing in its favour is that paganism lacks the universalism of Christianity. That universalism was at one time an asset but it’s now a serious weakness. Paganism is parochial rather than universalistic so it’s certainly has some appeal to those who want to promote nationalism.

To me it seems that the big problem with paganism is morality. Paganism is essentially ritual-based religion. What matters is that the rituals should be performed correctly. Whether an individual is virtuous or not, whether a society is virtuous is not, is pretty much unimportant. If the rituals are carried out in the correct manner then one’s obligation to the gods has been fulfilled.

That’s not to say that the pagans of the ancient world were oblivious to the importance of morality, but morality was more of a social obligation than a religious obligation. In that sense the pagan approach was very similar to our modern approach and to the modern secular religion of liberalism.

That’s a less than ideal basis for morality. There’s a definite danger that moral behaviour  will end up being whatever you manage to convince yourself it is or even worse, whatever you think you can get away with.

In pagan religions even the gods seem to approach the matter in this manner.

Paganism probably worked quite well for societies at a low level of civilisational advancement in which most people lived in small close-knit communities and social pressures were strong enough to maintain the social order. Once pagan societies started to reach a high civilisational level decadence seemed to set in disturbingly quickly and disturbingly completely. The Romans achieved levels of decadence that even we were unable to aspire to until the 20th century.

Which raises an interesting question. Is full-blown decadence something to which only pagan or completely secular societies are prone to? And it raises a related question – is decadence inevitable in a pagan or completely secular society?

more on transhumanism

Some more thoughts on transhumanism.

I’ve already expressed my view that an increase in the number of high IQ people would be a disadvantage to society. The manipulation of human genetics could pose other dangers also.

Intelligence appears to be a quality that is controlled not by a handful of genes but by huge numbers. If you want to create transhumans with incredibly high intelligence you’re going to have to manipulate thousands of genes.

The problem with this is that if you manipulate thousands of genes then how can you be sure that intelligence is the only thing you’re going to be changing? Human behaviour is incredibly complex. If you fiddle around with genes that alter the workings of the mind then you might end up with some unanticipated and very unpleasant behavioural changes.

You might end up with people with very high IQs and major psychological and behavioural problems. A high IQ person with severe psychological issues might be more of a liability than an asset to society. We have no way of knowing exactly what form such psychological disturbances might take.

It’s unfortunate that many people seem to be inclined to ignore such risks. These risks are entirely unpredictable and unquantifiable. Rather than being a magical shortcut to power and prosperity it might be more like playing Russian roulette.