Our introductory post continues to inspire discussion in the Blogosphere. Many took umbrage at the source for my opening quote, one “Auschwitz Soccer Ref.” Several people noted (correctly) that he is a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite and wondered why I would give airtime to such an odious individual. My reasoning was at least in part simple. “Cuck” is used by alt.right trolls to shock and offend. ASR shares his wisdom on The Right Stuff, a well-known alt.right website and host to podcast The Daily Shoah. If anybody has an informed opinion on cucks and the SJWs who call them on their privilege, it is Auschwitz Soccer Ref.
I could have looked around for somebody with better manners, but that would serve nobody’s interests. The Alternative Right’s genuflection at the altar of Political Incorrectness often descends into what the Southern Poverty Law Center defines as “hate” speech:
[B]eliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics… [and which] can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.
I have seen no calls to criminal acts on any of the major Alternative Right sites. Even the notorious Daily Stormer, which bills itself as “The World’s #1 Alt-Right and Pro-Genocide Website,” notes in its disclaimer:
We here at the Daily Stormer are opposed to violence. We seek revolution through the education of the masses. When the information is available to the people, systemic change will be inevitable and unavoidable.
Anyone suggesting or promoting violence in the comments section will be immediately banned, permanently.
The Alternative Right is about as tightly organized and monolithic as American Neopaganism, and there is considerable diversity of thought therein. (Far more, I would argue, than within contemporary Leftism. Most alt.righters would be willing to grant that People of Color have at times been victims of racism, whereas few White Leftists appear capable of seeing PoCs as anything but victims). Much alt.right material is “racist” only insofar as any criticism of Open Borders or talk of interracial crime is declared prima facie racist.
That being said, there is no shortage of talk about shitskins (brown-skinned people) and mudsharks (White women who date them). Holocaust denial and Elders of Zionesque conspiracy theories abound: admiration for Western Civilization often comes with contempt for other civilizations. We can’t understand Lovecraft’s tainted horrors without recognizing his virulent xenophobia, and we can’t grok the Alternative Right without engaging its trolls and recognizing their role in the movement.
In a nod to The Matrix series, newcomers to the Alternative Right speak of being “redpilled.” After a period of increasing discomfort with the Conventional Wisdom they have a sudden zazen enlightenment: they realize that “equality” is at best a polite legal fiction; that gender is more than performance and personal choice; that there are differences between the races; that Western Civilization is worth preserving; that they are White and not ashamed of their Whiteness. Frequently they are first exposed to the alt.right when they follow an alt.right troll back to its lair. The shock of seeing loud, proud racism combined with the shock of discovering “those racists may have a point or two” brings about deep changes in the way they view the world. And it all begins starts when that which once inspired only outrage suddenly inspires contemplation.
Of all the things Auschwitz Soccer Ref crammed into one paragraph, perhaps the most controversial was the his contention that the word ‘racist’ … “attempts to psychopathologize the healthy preference for our own race.” The idea that there might be a healthy preference for one’s own race led to all sorts of pearl-clutching. How could racism ever be anything but a deep primordial sickness and unqualified evil? Surely anybody who would say such a thing — and anybody who would quote that person or otherwise give him a platform — must be working to whitewash racism and clear the way for new and more brutal forms of state-sanctioned bigotry.
Many posted their outrage from northern California and the Pacific Northwest. This region has large, loud and highly active Antifa, anarchist and Marxist communities. It is a destination spot for young Leftists across America, a place where they can come to meet like-minded types and become part of an ongoing struggle against the forces of oppression. It is also Whiter than most of America. As per Wikipedia, the approximate racial breakdown of the US population was as follows:
|Race / Ethnicity||Number||Percentage of
|Non-Hispanic White||196,817,552||63.7 %|
|Non-Hispanic Black||37,685,848||12.2 %|
|Non-Hispanic Asian||14,465,124||4.7 %|
|Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native||2,247,098||0.7 %|
|Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||481,576||0.2 %|
|Non-Hispanic some other race||604,265||0.2 %|
|Non-Hispanic two or more races||5,966,481||1.9 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||50,477,594||16.3 %|
The population of Portland, Oregon is 76.1% White and 6.3% Black while Eugene, Oregon is 85.8% White and 1.4% Black: Latinos make up 9.4% and 7.8% of the population, respectively. Seattle is 69.5% White, 7.9% Black, and 6.3% Latino. In San Francisco County Whites went from 48.5% to 53.5% of the population between 2010 and 2015 while Blacks declined from 6.1% to 5.7% of the population: the Latino population grew slightly during that period from 15.1% in 2010 to 15.3% in 2015. (San Francisco County also has a disproportionately high share of Asians — 33.5%, or almost eight times the national average. While White-Asian relations in the US are less fraught with tension than engagements between Whites, Blacks and Latinos an overabundance of Asians in a once-White neighborhood can still provoke “White Flight”). For all their courageous support of integration and all their brave stances against racism, many of these crusaders seem to feel most at home surrounded by enough crackers to remake Triumph of the Will.
I have seen this behavior among prosperous East Coast liberals as well. They feel happiest living in a “diverse” neighborhood where there are enough non-White residents to make them feel good and warm and tolerant inside, but no so many as to threaten the community’s basic White hegemony. And while Pagans and Heathens across North America have joined together to sign a declaration condemning the Asatru Folk Assembly for declaring their faith “the ethnic religion of the Northern European people,” most Heathen and Pagan gatherings are as lily-White as any AFA get-together. It is difficult to shake the suspicion that the AFA is being pilloried not for their policies but for saying aloud that the Emperor Has No Black Friends.
“Equality” may be a fiction but it is a very important and useful one when used in the right circumstances. There is something to be said for holding all men equal before the law, even if we honor that more in the breach than the observance. “Diversity” as fiction is worse than useless. It diverts energy that could be put toward meeting real problems and uses it toward feel-good statements and ceremonial acts aimed at assuaging White guilt and avoiding bad publicity. If we are going to condemn the AFA’s interpretation of “ethnic religion” as exclusionary toward non-Whites, perhaps we should also ask why so few non-Whites appear interested in attending our circles no matter how loudly we advertise them as “diverse” and “tolerant.”