In this movement there seems to be a focus, sometimes overly so, on optics, or how we appear to an audience. There are great and divisive debates over this subject and how we should appear and behave during activism. The genesis of this focus is the presupposition that one can “red pill a normie” or wake someone up to the truth, and therefore, win them over to our side. This is a complete waste of time and effort at this point in the game.
I wanted to wait a couple of days to gather my thoughts before I commented on the shit-storm surrounding the optics debate and Shelbyville. The purpose of this essay is not to cast aspersions on TWP (and certainly not League of the South), but to examine how we can improve moving forward. I want this to be focused on positives and ways to grow, rather than pointing fingers and calling names. Full disclosure, I was not at the event due to wage cucking obligations, another reason I do not wish to re-hash events that have been debated ad nauseum and written about extensively by the Stormer.
We are at the moment unilaterally disarmed against Antifa and BLM/Black Power activists. They have a salute in the form of a closed fist while we have no comparable salute of our own to answer back with. Furthermore, some white nationalists also have a palm down, open hand salute. These symbolic hand gestures appeal at the visceral level, to the primitive man within. The youth love them. We run the risk of getting left behind in the movement marketplace if we don’t have a competing salute of our own. This is not about competing in the marketplace of ideas with strong arguments. This is about competing for aesthetic appeal against other movements and even sportsball (eg the Tomahawk Chop at Braves games or the Hook’em Horns sign at University of Texas games). We are dealing with raw, primitive instincts here, not reason.
The Alt-Right movement is, at its core, one that is irate with the Kali Yuga that is Jewish postmodernism. Many of us rail at length about the inherent degeneracy of the latter, in ways ranging from the serious to the not so serious (white sharia – it’s just a meme), but the point remains the same: the times we live in are perilous to the soul of our people and Schlomo does this on purpose to break our spirit and make us more susceptible to his conditioning. Needless to say, I was more than a little surprised when on multiple fronts this weekend, I got attacked as an “optics cuck” for suggesting the people in our movement need to be professional looking and of character that is beyond reproach.
Establishment cuckservative Rod Dreher has made a name for himself advocating the “Benedict Option” for social conservatives, which advocates a withdrawal from the mainstream and the creation of our own traditional counterculture. A close corollary to the Benedict Option for identitarians is the “Fifth Political Theory” or the NRx inspired concept of “Passivism” which, while both are different and unique in many ways, also eschew political activism and advocate some variation of disengagement from the system with a corresponding focus on creating our own society.