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Art Jones Denies The Shoah. Should The Alt-Right Care?

The clown Internet has recently begun warning me that a Holocaust denier named Arthur Jones is running for Congress. What am I to make of this? Until now I have lacked the time to inquire into the matter, so you and I, Dear Reader, will tread the path of my research and reaction together.

My preconceptions and hunches, before proceeding, are multifold. Of course, I’m quite familiar with the hysterical, hyperventilating aspect of the hate media. This leaves me open to the possibility that our plucky Holocaust skeptic is not actually a wholesale denier, and instead holds any number of plausible, rational positions that the media priesthood has deemed insufficiently reverent in relation to its prescribed dogma–that many million but not quite six of them died, for example, or that the catastrophe did not arise from a consciously-directed aim of exterminating particular demographic groups. (The best example of which I’m aware of how a sane, reflective person might approach the topic is, unsurprisingly, the late Jonathan Bowden’s discussion here.)

On the other hand, while I admire honesty and courage in the face of media hit jobs, I find it easier to embrace figures who are wise enough to see the most obvious of these coming, as they do, from many miles in the distance, and who have the good sense to avoid them. I am ecumenical when it comes to age, appearance, and strategy–you won’t be hearing another tedious lecture on “optics” here, friends–but I need to be convinced that Art merits my support as a leader for white peoples.

I lack a subscription to the Washington Post and do not plan to change this soon, so I am unable to read Amy Wang‘s article about Jones. But the Post‘s referral tweet indicates that Jones is “almost certain to win” his primary. This is positive information. I prefer winners over losers.

But Art is the only person running. He is also apparently one of these perennial candidate types, and has lost several races in the past. Desperation is a stinky cologne.

Up next in my news-y Twitter explanation is a 10-second clip of Jones discussing Adolf Hitler. He remarks,

Economic polices of Hitler brought that nation up from the very bottom. In twelve years of his rule they went from the age of the biplane to the age of the rocket.

This contention is controversial, but not because it can be credibly disputed; it can’t, at least not from the shallow mythology of those whose imaginations are tyrannized by Godwin’s Law. Certainly we’re no nearer to capital-H-capital-D Holocaust Denial than we were when we started, even though that’s the bit of information we were fed first, and through which all of our subsequent perceptions of Arthur Jones are meant to be filtered.

“You support a thriving economy? You’re just like HITLER!”

What else are the media shamans permitting us to learn about Jones’s views? The Chicago Sun-Times reminds us that he’s a Holocaust denier–an “outspoken” one–as well as an “activist anti-Semite and white supremacist” who describes the Holocaust as “an international extortion racket.”

I know that is supposed to paralyze me with worry. However, as long as respected, credentialized members of the secular priesthood are inviting me to believe that yoga is an expression of white supremacy, and as long as Holocaust memorials are being erected in Nebraska (when was the Nebraska Holocaust?), I am going to plead my constitutional right to remain agnostic.

In the meantime I am finding it hard to relate to the obsequious manner of this Sun-Times reporter and to his creepy theme music.

I did suffer through the video, though, to learn that Jones opposes American involvement in more reckless Middle Eastern wars, and that he spent what I assume are scarce resources to print a swastika-laden newspaper ad designed to shock local rabbis. I welcome the former, but lack patience for the cartoonish aspect of the latter. If Jones believes that the crisis facing white people is real, which it appears he does, then he should consider focusing on the immediate dimensions of that, instead of re-staging past tragedies in the minds of his fellow citizens, regardless of their tribal affiliations.

So, is Arthur Jones a Holocaust denier, and is this a matter that should concern me? I finally visited the “Holocaust?” page on his rudimentary-looking campaign website. It consists of scanned images of informational literature that, judging by their style and quality, could as easily be warning me that an organized conspiracy of queers is poisoning the water supply, or that Kris Kristofferson is a reptilian shape-shifter.

In other words, I will probably never know how I feel about Jones’s views, because by now I am too bored to care. I am bored with Jones himself, whom I can imagine finding tolerably eccentric for a few minutes of personal interaction, but whose fossilized appearance and preoccupation with historical revision leave a lot to be desired. His brand does not represent the future, and he and his supporters might help out more by putting their resources somewhere other than into doomed political campaigns whose cultural impact is low or negative.

Of course, the media doesn’t triumph in this thinly-veiled morality play, either. The low return of its effort to track down and elevate Jones as an example of something significant is illustrative in itself. Smarmy newspaper reporters will not be able to mask the inner contradictions of liberalism and American empire forever, nor will they always succeed in dismantling every would-be strong man who seeks power and influence, as Donald Trump’s campaign demonstrated. As white consciousness simultaneously radicalizes and mainstreams in reaction to a degenerating clown world, the challenges to the status quo will grow more savvy, serious, and attractive even to the readership of Left-oriented media outlets.

In reality this is already happening, and everyone senses that the media establishment is not keeping pace, as it must to maintain influence over the mass imagination. So, even though meme war victory over the politically-correct media is frequently overstated, trends are good. Perhaps we can identify some better-adjusted, more discerning candidates to effectively exploit the growing vulnerability.

Evan McLaren
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Evan McLaren is the Executive Director of the National Policy Institute and Deputy Editor at AltRight.com. He can be found on Twitter at @evanmclaren.