Submitted by Will Windsor
As is the usual case with historical movements, expressions of a super-personal soul, the point of highest power, of the greatest victories, is also the beginning of the rapid down-going. Shallow persons always mistake the end of a movement for the beginning of its absolute dominance. Thus Wagner was looked upon by many as the beginning of a new music, whereas, the next generation knew that he had been the last Western musician.
— Francis Parker Yockey, Imperium.
Nine months into a presidency that was supposed to change everything has changed very little when it comes to policy. Each day Trump lurches closer to becoming another GOP republican, doing everything possible to implement the failed conservative agenda of Paul Ryan et al., instead of the populist-nationalist agenda that won him the election. Steve Bannon didn’t hesitate to admit that the Trump of 2016 is “over.”
No Wall, tax cuts for the rich, failed Obamacare repeal, another Afghan surge, sanctions on Russia, condemnation of white nationalists as “hate groups,” and of most recent importance: flirting with illegal alien amnesty (Dreamers). Trump is even out campaigning for establishment losers like Luther Strange. So much for winning.
Trump appears to have been drained by swamp, the nationalist agenda is nowhere to be found. His cabinet is filled with establishment pawns, neocon generals, (((globalist))) bankers, and sundry Conservative Inc. lemmings. Trump was forced to walk back a call for DACA amnesty due to the fury with which his base reacted. Instead of championing his populist base, the base seems to be the only thing holding Trump back.
Whether Trump continues down the path of total betrayal or rights the ship may not ultimately matter. Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, unable to reach any agreement unless it involves supporting Jewish nationalism (Israel and their Middle East wars) or condemning white nationalism. What a coincidence that those are the only two positions that receive unanimous bi-partisan support.
Whatever Trump manages to accomplish on policy will fall short of the drastic measures needed to save America, but that’s true even if Trump pursued an Alt-Right agenda. If the GOP couldn’t repeal Obamacare, what hope did we have that Trump could pass any pro-white legislation like ending birthright citizenship? The entire apparatus of the American power structure is aligned against Trump to thwart his every move. Any measure that is pro-white will have Congress, the Courts, the Media, the Deep State, and countless other bureaucratic apparatchiks out to destroy it.
Trump thinks he’ll be able to get a “win” by siding with the GOP agenda, but tax cuts will likely fail just as spectacularly as the healthcare bill. Every single Democrat will refuse vote for any GOP bill brought by Trump, and the inept GOP will fail to get it done on their own.
American “democracy” is crashing. The GOP controls all three branches of government and cannot achieve a single legislative victory. We’ve reached peak America. What does this mean for us?
Stepping back, the Trump presidency may best be understood in light of a larger cultural paradigm.
Last September marked the 100th birthday of Francis Parker Yockey, one of the greatest American thinkers this nation has ever produced. An admirer of Carl Schmitt and especially Spengler, Yockey believed in “Cultural Morphology,” the idea that cultures rise and fall like the life cycles of an organism–infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, and death. A nation’s journey is driven towards producing the adult stage of its high culture, epitomized and shaped by the “higher man” that encapsulates the spirit of the nation.
Trump is the “higher man” of post-WWII American civic nationalism.
He is “homo Americanus,” the fulfillment of the American dream–an entrepreneur, who built things, became a billionaire, married a model wife, became a famous television celebrity, and finally the President. Money, Fame, Pleasure, these are values that American culture worships, all of which were achieved by Donald Trump. This made him the perfect avatar for a movement to Make America Great Again, to reclaim the American dream.
Yet, the dream no longer belongs to the real Americans whose ancestors fought and died to build this nation. The real Dreamers are the children of illegal aliens, the foreigners who violate American sovereignty, the new Americans. As (((Bret Stephens))) of the New York Times tells us, the most American people are the nonwhite immigrants who just arrived.
Middle America voted for Trump thinking he would usher in an American revival, a rebirth of the nation. MAGA was a desperate plea to revive the past. To turn back the clock to the 80s and Reagan. To pretend that America could return to a country where everyone saluted the anthem and the flag. It could never happen because that country is never coming back. America is no longer 80% white, a time when people naturally shared common love for nation and flag because they shared a common European heritage and culture. Instead, we are Diverse, which by its very definition precludes having a unified nation. Multiculturalism has replaced the American homogeneity extolled by John Jay: “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country, to one united people; a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs.”
Trump himself doesn’t believe in the words of John Jay. He believes that America can be made great again by uniting around American “ideals” and “values,” but these are mere abstractions that do not bind a nation.
The lie of civic nationalism is that you can create a common people by teaching them all to embrace the same traditions, values, and ideals. This is simply false and stems from the erroneous belief that Race is cultural construct, when in fact Culture is a racial construct. Common values derive from a common people.
What Trump seeks cannot be obtained through preaching patriotism because patriotism is for white people. MAGA populism resonates with Middle America while viscerally enraging nonwhites, bicoastal elites, and liberals who have internalized white guilt. No matter how much Trump implores people of color to join his movement, they reject his message because it’s a message that speaks to whites, not them.
like Yockey’s description of Wagner, Trump does not mark the beginning of a civic nationalist resurgence, but the end of it.
The end of the idea that “we’re all Americans” because “whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.” The end of the idea that what unites us is our love of freedom, low taxes, and a thriving economy. The end of the idea that America is just an idea and not a people.
America’s grand vision of itself, as a proposition nation, is coming apart. Nonwhites reject even the simplest of “propositional values” like respecting the National Anthem because these values are white. Anthem protestors adhere to new values for America, values that demand whites #TakeAKnee before them.
Trump’s presidency is putting to rest the belief that America’s intractable racial divide could be overcome by doubling down on patriotic platitudes and economic growth. Just as Obama’s presidency put to rest the notion that electing the first black president would end racial strife (it did the opposite). What we’re watching unfold at the White House is the exciting denouement to the judeo-liberal fabrication that America is an “idea” and not a people.
General John Kelly captured this reality when he lamented that condolence calls for fallen soldiers were the one sacred thing left in American that he believed was free from politicization. He was wrong. Not even calls to the families of killed soldiers unites America, that too has become “politicized,” a matter of division, and the reason is the same: the reality of Race. A simple condolence call from President Trump incites black grievances and accusations of racial “insensitivity.” For defending the President, the anti-white Left is now calling General Kelly a racist.
There is no uniting and there is no going back.
Do not dismay though, for the end of propositional America is the beginning of a new racially defined America. The country itself is dying, but the Europeans who fought, bled, and died to build America are more alive than ever. We are the real Americans, the true heirs of the Founding Fathers, and only now are we becoming aware of who we are.
The significance of Trump lies beyond policy.
Even though he represents last the hoorah of civic nationalism, no man has come close to Trump in waking up whites from their slumber and stoking the flames of racial consciousness. The President is at his best when he relies on his instincts because his instincts are that of a normal, red-blooded American. No better example demonstrates this fact than the President’s gut-response to black athletes dishonoring the national anthem: “get that son of a bitch off the field right now.” It’s the same gut reaction that initiated the MAGA movement: “Mexico’s not sending us their best, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”
Normies love it because they know that it is true. They want to fight back, but they’ve been cowed into submission. Trump is showing them how to fight back, to be unafraid to stand up to the Left, and most importantly, to stand up for themselves.
True Conservatives (Tru-Cons) pillory Trump with priggish claims that “he is not a real conservative” when the exact opposite is true. The real conservative is Trump, for his goal is to conserve the America of the 70s and 80s, which although fundamentally egalitarian, was still a White country espousing white norms and beliefs. What Tru-Cons seek to conserve is George Bush conservatism, an ideology undifferentiated from neoliberalism. The recent speech by Bush denouncing nationalism proved this point. Like the rest of the Tru-Cons, Bush felt compelled to virtue signal his disdain for Trump populism that seeks to conserve 1980s Americana. At the end of the day, Trump is the same person he was 25 years ago lambasting free trade agreements that are ripping off the American people. What’s changed is America. The political spectrum has veered so far to the Left that Tru-Cons are 2000 era liberal progressives while Trump’s 1980s boomer patriotism is considered White Nationalism.
By simply defying political correctness, Trump is blowing up the Left’s stranglehold on American culture and identity. Politically, there may be little that Trump accomplishes, but culturally, Trump is a bulldozer flattening the moral authority of the Left. In the wake of the 2016 election, the Media, NFL, and Hollywood have all been delegitimized in the eyes of Middle America. The discrediting of these three pillars of American culture is arguably more important than any policy Trump could feasibly enact.
A fundamental principle of the Alt-Right is that politics is downstream from Culture. To that end, Trump is a godsend. From the oval office, he may underachieve with the power of his pen, but at the bully pulpit, he can rain down tweets into the heart of liberalism like thunderbolts from Mount Olympus. With each new attack on the judeo-liberal order, the Left overreacts to the affront to their moral supremacy with gnashing of teeth and unhinged threats launched at the President, escalating the polarization of America into implicitly white and anti-white camps.
Within this environment–a discredited liberal establishment wracked by racial polarization–the pro–white movement can find receptive hearts.
Yockey believed that the great men of a nation are the products of the spiritual destiny of the nation. History was predetermined, and like actors in a play, the great men of History were not their own authors but followed a script set down by the cultural Zeitgeist. The great men must act within the theme of the drama directed by the Culture. Peak America needed its hero, and Trump was the perfect casting to play the part. He couldn’t break the mold because he is the embodiment of the post-WWII American mold.
He is the last civic nationalist.
And that’s ok, because every attempt by Trump to prop up civic nationalism only heightens racial animus which in turn galvanizes Middle America.
Trump is shattering the false idol of civic nationalism by showing its complete failure to remedy the fundamental racial divide ripping the country apart. Give thanks, for the end of civic nationalism, means the beginning of a new America nationalism, one that is paradoxically rooted in an older, racially aware American identity.
We are the future, if America is to have a future.