“Sorry, the blog at alternative-right.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs.” – Blogger(1)
The braying bad faith of the political alliance which spans the entire spectrum from the mainstream media, corporate elites and GOP establishment to the Revolutionary Communist Party and the black bloc is reaching deafening proportions.
More than anything else, this feels like the early ’50s, with the alt.x movement playing the role of the CPUSA. Those hard times are here now and there are no doubt worse to come. Any voice speaking out in even the most moderate way in defense of the interests of the traditional American nation must recognize that the consequences can be real and unpleasant. (Think job loss, black listing, physical assault, ritual denunciation, silencing, even prosecution when some criminal charges can be trumped up.)
But this too will pass – remember how things changed then over the course of a decade. Let us hope and, more importantly, work to ensure that our ’60s lie ahead!
(1) This is what showed up when I tried to access Alternative-Right this morning. It may be that the site is moving elsewhere of its own accord but in the current climate one suspects the worst, especially in light of widespread corporate efforts to silence dissenting voices. (See, for example the announcement at Counter-Currents that their web-hosting service is cancelling its account and that the site may be going off-line, or any of the coverage regarding the purging of offending accounts by Facebook, Paypal, etc. Silicon Valley’s Nazi Purge Kicks Into Overdrive Or: How tech learned to stop worrying and begin policing speech at Vanity Fair is a good place to start.)
The story of the events in Charlottesville hardly needs to be re-told. While the “Unite the Right” rally may have been the work of that alt.NS/KKK-lite wing of things that I find particularly alienating (think, Hunter Wallace, et al for example) make no mistake – the violence came from the antifa left, aided and abetted by the action and inaction of the powers-that-be and the “moderate” left. Further, while some of the more objectionable views expressed by certain “Unite the Right” participants played into the hands of our enemies (See Colin Lidell’s Charlottesville: You Know I’m Right) experience shows that even the most tepid sort of alt.lite civic nationalist gathering would have drawn (qualitatively at least) the same sort of violent, thuggish response.
Given the lessons of the past few years, none of this, of course, should be a surprise(1). But, without a doubt, difficult times are ahead. Clearly every effort will be made by the system and its flunkies on the left to use the Charlottesville events to intimidate and silence all anti-system voices. In this regard today’s piece by Greg Johnson (with whom I usually disagree) The Altamont of the Alt Right? is a must-read, especially in its conclusion:
This is a call to arms. In the coming days and weeks, I want every one of my readers to both speak the truth about what happened in Charlottesville and also use this as an opportunity to impeach the credibility of the mainstream media and the political establishment. You need to speak out among your friends and relatives. You need to speak out on social media. You need to raid comment threads. You need to call into radio shows. You need to hone your talking points and share them with our comrades and allies. And you need to steel yourself for a long, hard fight, because the enemy never sleeps, never takes a day off, and never flags in flogging its lies to the masses….
This is only a setback if we allow it to be. We must seize upon it as our chance to expose the lies and hypocrisy of the Left and reassert the righteousness of our cause. This is an Übermensch moment for our movement. An obstacle has been thrown in our path. We need to surmount it. We have been presented with a crisis. We have to turn it into an opportunity.
So what are you waiting for?
Yes, what are we waiting for?
(1) I will forgo rehashing my views on the antifa and the role they play, but if you are curious, see my posts The System’s Useful (and Violent) Idiots and On the Left and “Fascism”.
At Counterpunch, Paul Street’s exhausting rant against any orientation on the part of the left toward winning over Trump-supporters Unity With the Right? A Deplorable Idea concludes:
Trump’s deplorable base is not pining to come over to the Left once the real populists and socialists take over or transcend the Democratic Party. Make no mistake it will have to be dealt with quite harshly and unsentimentally, if and when we ever take power.
“The irony of the human rights doctrine is particularly evident in the anti-Russian propaganda of recent years. The collapse of the Soviet Union has led to a revival of traditional conservatism in Russia, including respect for religion and “family values.” The United States counterrevolution has thus gone full circle. The “enemy” today is what “anti-communism” claimed to defend yesterday.” – Diana Johnstone, The Western Left and the Russian Revolution
The latest Monthly Review, Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917-2017, is devoted to marking the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. Among the rather uneven mix of contributions, Diana Johnstone‘s stands out as particularly interesting.
Taken to task for its brevity by the pathologically prolix Louis Proyect, Johnstone’s article is an admirably cogent presentation of insights (and errors) regarding the revolution, counter-revolution, human rights ideology, Trotskyism, imperialism and more, with each of its sentences worth an essay in itself. Definitely worth reading.
(By the way, also of interest in the issue is The October Revolution and the Survival of Capitalism by Prabhat Patnaik.)
“Sólo los ricos pueden permitirse el lujo de no tener patria” – Ramiro Ledesma Ramos
(“Only the rich can allow themselves the luxury of having no fatherland.”)
I recently read Nikos Malliaris’s Freedom from progress: Donald Trump, Christopher Lasch, and a Left in fear of America in the March Platypus Review and am hoping to write more on his positive discussion of “reactionary leftism” and its Laschian critique of progressivism – but that’s for another post.
In reading this piece his repeated description of the left’s commitment to “the emancipatory project” caused me to reflect a bit on how the nature of the left has changed. Obviously, the use of this phrase to describe the fundamental goal of the left has become pretty typical over the past decades, so I don’t present that here as any revelation (and, to give Malliaris credit, he argues that what distinguishes the “reactionary left” for which he advocates is its recognition of the need for limits).
Still, I can’t help thinking back to my own years on the left. For me, the end was not freedom but virtue – the goal was the creation of a right and good social order, not “emancipation” as an end in itself. (While one might argue that my leftism was just a secularized version of an internalized – and mainly pre-Vatican II – Catholicism, I think that it was also consistent with the “old” left – probably the reason why I was always drawn to those elements of the pre-60s left which lived on for a time within the New.)
No matter how elaborately its proponents dress this concept up in Theory and no matter how deeply they genuflect at the feet of Marx, et al, its adoption is a reflection – and a particularly telling one – of the left’s absorption by the system as a loyal, albeit utopian, opposition.
Pat Buchanan’s latest column – The Military/Security Plot Against Trump Is Real – summarizes the war against the president:
We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration… That the objective of this city is to bring Trump down via a deep state-media coup is no secret.
Buchanan continues, arguing that Trump needs to take the offensive:
To prevail, Trump will have to campaign across this country and wage guerrilla war in this capital, using the legal and political weapons at his disposal to ferret out the enemies within his own government….
He should campaign against the real enemies of America First by promising to purge the deep state and flog its media collaborators.
Time to burn down the Bastille.
All true enough but, as usual, Pat, for all of his insights still someone rooted in the system itself, misses the point that to be able to have any chance of having a real impact within the system, there needs a powerful movement outside of it.
Focusing popular mobilization on elections every four years and then sending everyone home in between does little in itself to build such a movement and, when mere electoralism fails in the face of the unified hostility of the elites, de-mobilization and passivity often follow – as the disastrous results of the recent French National Assembly elections show. (See
Abstention rate “catastrophic” says Marine at GalliaWatch.)
Burning down the Bastille is a fine goal, but the question is: “who will do it?”