A Note On The Charlottesville Statement
Last June, Augustus Invictus visited NPI headquarters just before we spoke at a free-speech rally on the Washington Mall. We discussed a project that had been mulling in my mind for more than a year: crafting a statement that could serve as a basis for the worldwide Alt-Right. It would be a “political manifesto,” but more meta-political in nature. That is, more important than offering a bullet-point list of new policies was to define an intellectual and spiritual core that would inform political action moving forward. It can be compared to both The Sharon Statement (1960) of the conservatives and The Port Huron Statement (1962) of the New Left.
What I sketched out on a white board became a early draft written by Invictus. That I re-wrote . . . and then re-wrote many more times with the help of Gregory Ritter, Evan McLaren, Hannibal Bateman, and my closest colleagues . . . into the version published today.
Any statement like this runs into some obvious difficulties. Put another way, the author must navigate between various Scyllas and Charybdises. I’ve sought to summarize a general consensus among the Alt-Right, without devolving into polemics, generalities, or -isms. I’ve sought to evoke political implications, without getting lost in the weeds. And I’ve sought to make the statement approachable to the outside world (the “normies”), without dumbing it down or groveling. Becoming Alt-Right, after all, is not something that’s easy. Taking the “Red Pill”—dispensing with quaint illusions—is as bitter as it is liberating.
I take responsibility for the statement’s limitations, and I’m open to additions and revisions. But I believe that I have captured the essence of what it means to be Alt-Right.