Ten years ago the back recesses of the internet were a different place. Nationalism, reaction, and the alt-right had not burst onto the scene. 4Chan had only began to dip its toes in the water of politics by attacking the Church of Scientology. 2008 was a time of anxiety and fear for a lot of Americans as our economy tanked and countless mortgages went tits up, leading to joblessness, homelessness, and a sense of malaise our country hadn’t seen since the Carter era. It is was in this milieu that “Doomer culture” emerged.
“Doomers” were concerned with The End of the World As We Know It or “Teotwawki,” an inevitable, looming societal collapse which would be brought on by some combination of environmental degradation, peak oil, and quantitative easing. It was assumed that by 2015 we would be living in a lawless Mad Max hellscape filled with mutant cannibal bikers. But, 2012 and 2015 came and went and the collapse never happened.
Probably the chief prophet of peak oil, James Howard Kunstler, had warned his followers that the idea of a sudden and swift collapse was unrealistic. The system is resilient, and it will continue to function, albeit with declining levels of comfort and efficiency, for decades to come. Kunstler coined the phrase “the long emergency” for a slow, managed decline.
By 2013, most of the doomersphere had either faded away or transitioned into the anti-Obama conspiracysphere, which of course predicted that at some point our Manchurian President would use a state-of-emergency to declare martial-law, seize guns, and put us all in FEMA camps for re-education. But the Obama admin came and went, and we’re still here and so are our guns. Many of the anti-Obama doomers found their way into the burgeoning nationalist movement and remained confirmed collapsitarians to this day and they are the first to condemn “white pilling” as dangerous naivete. Of course, few among us argue our current future is rosy, but it’s important to recognize that catastrophism is a long-standing temptation, and that phenomena which we might call “the long emergency” could be a glacially slow process.
One of the better “doomer” bloggers of the 00’s was a Russian expat by the name of Dmitri Orlov. Orlov, having lived through the collapse of the USSR, had a lot of practical advise for Americans. But, Orlov was always quick to emphasize that times of great upheaval are often times of great opportunity for those ready to seize it. While many Russians struggled through the 1990s, some made their fortunes and Vladimir Putin, nascent Russian nationalism and the Russian Orthodox Church found their footing.
This is why “realism” must not be an excuse for “blackpilling.” Optimism gives us a reason to move forward. Optimism, a belief in the *possibility* of a better future, will encourage our people to improve themselves, to marry, and to have children – and in that way the mere existence of hope creates the actualization of that which is hoped for. Yes, there are hard times ahead. The road to our freedom and self-determination will be long and arduous. But, the very hardship which we now endure will act as the crucible to purify us into what we must become in order to embrace our destiny.
In that we have hope, and we have a reason to press onward: for ourselves and our posterity.
-By Mr. Hurst
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.