There’s no easier way to make a living than as a non-white activist in the American conservative movement. Simply offer well-meaning whites the nectar of racial absolution and say you care about their country, and they will throw money at you no matter what else you tell them.
The recognized master of this unique form of hucksterism is Dinesh D’Souza, who specializes in capitalizing on implicit white identity while making sure it is funneled into ideological dead ends. D’Souza is worthy of special opprobrium because of his actions against Sam Francis and Jared Taylor. D’Souza’s hostile, sensationalistic, and dishonest coverage of the 1994 American Renaissance conference was one of the main factors in the dismissal of Sam Francis from the Washington Times.
Of course, D’Souza also stole the writings of Jared Taylor without attribution — as Slavoj Žižek can testify, something that seems to be going around these days. His effort at positioning himself between multiculturalists and evil white racists, The End of Racism, was so filled with distortions and smears that the entire first run had to be pulped by the publisher. Needless to say, his deeply dishonest game of “I’m not a racist, those guys over there are the racists!” has not protected him from Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, something impossible to view without at least some schadenfreude.
D’Souza’s shamelessness continues to the present day. After his last documentary, he was caught in a scandal over alleged adultery and had an ignominious exit from the presidency of a Christian college. But after only the briefest respite, he has resurfaced with his latest documentary America, and continues trolling both Left and Right with flimsy narratives of persecution and liberal bias against virtuous, colorblind conservatives.
America is subtitled Imagine a World Without Her. It begins with an alternate history where George Washington is killed in battle. Several supposedly negative scenarios are outlined, from a Southern victory in the War of Northern Aggression to Germany winning World War II.
But instead of exploring these, D’Souza spends the bulk of the movie defending America against the charges that it is racist and exploitative. He concocts a theory that America has transcended a “conquest ethic” in favor of a production ethic of wealth creation. D’Souza thus smoothly transforms the race-driven hatred of anti-American Leftists into an economic dispute over resources.
D’Souza ends the movie with an exploration of the career of Saul Alinsky, whose career was defined by “rubbing raw the resentments of the people” in order to create socialist revolution. D’Souza gives us a hilarious scene where the extremely Jewish Alinsky leers at the residents of a white middle class neighborhood, gleefully pondering how to ruin their lives. However, D’Souza leaves aside the racial element of Alinsky’s shaming tactics and his identification of the “white” middle class as the enemy, instead transforming Alinsky’s entire motivation simply into “socialism.”
Wave the flag, roll credits, vote Republican.
From the perspective of interest and entertainment, D’Souza squanders the promising premise of the film. A history of the world without America could have been genuinely provocative. However, he can’t do that because what his Left-wing critics hate is not “America” but the white people who created her. He has to transform the visceral racial politics of American history into a policy dispute over Obamacare. That’s how the scam known as Conservatism Inc. operates.
But there’s a deeper question here for Traditionalists. All of D’Souza’s “charges” against America come from the Left. Perhaps the film that needs to be made is a critique of America from the Right. America, Imagine a World Without Her: From Our Eyes.
Four Charges Against America
“The United States represents the reductio ad absurdum of the negative and the most senile aspects of Western civilization” – Julius Evola
1. America replaced Tradition and Identity with Equality
Is there any phrase in history that has been more destructive in its effects, unlimited in its implications, and self-evidently false in its content than “all men are created equal?”
As our leaders are never tired of telling us, America is an idea, not a nation, and the idea is that human beings are born with certain unalienable rights. Government exists only protect the rights of individuals, leaving them free to pursue the American Dream – which usually consists of working pointless jobs in order to buy more disposable goods in the Lockean shopping mall we call a country.
But the American Revolution was a mistake. The result was not a free nation, but a random collection of rootless, powerless, deracinated consumers ruled more despotically by financiers and the media than any peasant under the Stuarts. The ideological foundation of America was rotten from the beginning. What’s worse is that even as Americans move away from traditional American “patriotism,” they believe ever more frantically that more democracy and equality is the answer. Sarah Albers notes in The American Conservative that recent polling shows,
Young Americans are emphatically committed to the principles upon which America was founded, but will sometimes reject the country itself as well as the wisdom and history embodied in its establishment. It is fealty to an idea, not loyalty to a nation, that they profess.
America is playing out to its logical conclusion. The horrible truth of America’s founding ideology is that it is both the problem and the only permitted solution. There can never be a society that is equal, free, or “happy.”
D’Souza is fond of quoting Alexis de Toqueville in his film but leaves out his observation that “Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” Joseph Sobran once said that conservatives should ask liberals if there was any society in which they would be conservative. He missed the point. The endless march towards the impossible ideal is the American story, an absurd quest doomed to failure and destined only to lead to a continual destruction of everything worthwhile. The only escape is to say from the beginning that the ideal itself is absurd.
Had the forces of King George III succeeded, perhaps this sinister spectre of “rights” would not have been unleashed into the world. We can imagine a world where the “age of sophists, economists, and calculators” that heralded the end of the “glory of Europe” was postponed, if not prevented. And while a monarch still reigns in the Court of St. James, it is but hollow symbolism. The annihilation of the aristocratic principle heralded by Yorktown has transformed the royal houses of Europe into a tourist attractions for decadent democracies rather than bulwarks of Tradition.
Unfortunately, the colonials were saved by Louis XVI of France, who – in foreshadowing of the West’s entire history over the next few centuries – would be slain by the very egalitarian forces he unleashed in the interest of petty power politics.
2. America Destroyed Europe
America defined itself as a rejection of the Old World with its kings, traditions, and nations.
Occasionally, this was even taken to the extent of dreaming of an anti-European bloc in opposition to the Continent. As Thomas Jefferson put it in 1820, “Nothing is so important as that America shall separate herself from the systems of Europe, and establish one of her own.”
Jefferson’s primary concern was keeping aloof from what he called the “ferocious and sanguinary” contests of Europe, but this was more than just policy. It reflected a core element of American nationalism, which defined itself as a negation, the “anti-Europe.” To this day, “European” is a slur among the “patriots” of the American Right. And this eventually manifested itself in an interventionist foreign policy, rather than the nonintervention of the early Republic. As Michael O’Meara, commenting on the work of Francis Parker Yockey, put it,
During the 19th century, the rising commercial and business classes, communicating vessels of the liberal ethos, allied with the cosmopolitan capitalism of the British Empire and the ascending economic might of America’s new low-church empire — an alliance ideologically arrayed under the banner of “Anglo-Saxonism” and implicitly opposed to continental Europeans attached to Listian economics, landed property, authority, and tradition . . .
Though the “true America,” transplant of Europe, shared her destiny, Yockey believed modern liberal America had become an anti-Europe endeavoring not only to subjugate, occupy, and oppress her, but to destroy her unique heritage of blood and spirit.
This eventually expressed itself in a remarkably consistent opposition to European attempts to re-establish a link with Tradition. In what Revilo Oliver termed the “Crusade to Save the Soviets” of World War II, America ensured that Eastern Europe would be handed over to the Soviet Union – and then turned its attention to dismantling what Western European empires and white settler states remained.
The anti-Communist Cold War that followed, rather than a jihad against the global Left, made racial egalitarianism a strategic necessity and established it as an American moral principle as the United States battled the Soviet Union around the world. Ironically, it is the United States that has emerged as the great champion of cultural Marxism even as post-Cold War Russia moves in a more conservative direction, raising the question for the American Right whether they actually lost the Cold War.
Through culture, through economics, and through military interventions like that against Serbia, the United States is committed to preventing the rise of a truly European Europe. In the words of General Wesley Clark during the NATO offensive to secure Muslim Kosovo, “There is no place in modern Europe for ethnically pure states. That’s a 19th-century idea and we are trying to transition into the 21st century, and we are going to do it with multi-ethnic states.”
It’s the American idea of a deracinated state founded upon human rights that triumphed in postwar Europe. It’s that idea that needs to be destroyed if Europe is to be liberated. And the only thing those Americans who are truly loyal to the Western Culture may be able to do today is prevent America from attacking, bombing, and occupying Europe if it rediscovers herself.
In the world without America, Europe would have remained true to herself. The mother continent of the West would not be faced with the choice of being either a soulless museum or a conquered province of the Dar al-Islam. And the identity of Western Man would not have been deconstructed in order to make the world safe for McDonalds. Which brings us to . . .
3. America Replaced Culture with Consumerism
One of D’Souza’s main points is that capitalism has created more wealth and has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system. He points to nations like India and China as examples of the power of the free market.
It’s easy to say that vulgar American materialism is jeopardizing spiritual values, even though it’s true. Most people have little time for spiritual values if they can’t provide for their families. The problem is that D’Souza’s thesis fails on its own merits.
The rising Asian Tigers that will dominate the economy of the near future follow a nationalist form of state capitalism. It’s easy enough to say centrally planned Soviet Communism is a proven failure. It’s far harder to say that American-style free trade, and debt driven, financial capitalism is somehow superior to that practiced by the other economic powers, especially considering how different our current system is from the original “American System” of tariffs, internal improvements, manufacturing, and high wages.
The modern American outlook on economics holds that the nation exists to serve the economy, rather than the economy serving the nation. For example, ALL employment growth since 2000 in the United States has gone to benefit immigrants. From a nationalist perspective, this means that Americans have essentially been treading water for fifteen years. However, from an American financier’s perspective, an abstraction called the “economy” is growing, and therefore, the country is on the right track.
Instead of examining issues like quality of life, the cost of raising a family, or whether employees enjoy job security, the American financial system focuses on the all-important issue of growing GDP, propping up the system through ever increasing debt and using the dollar’s status as the “reserve currency” to just keep printing more money to keep the charade going.
The result is a something that cannot really be called a “culture” – just a market selling junk. The American economic system prioritizes spending over investment, consumption over creation, and cheap labor over efficiency and quality. While the “economy” is growing, the quality of life for most Americans is decreasing as living in a “nice” (white) neighborhood requires absurd amounts of resources. What a one income household could do on a union job not long ago now costs $130,000 a year.
But that’s not the real crime. The real crime is not just that everything is a commodity, it’s that everything is a cheap throwaway commodity. Everything is disposable. Nothing is sacred, and everything is shoddy.
The government subsidizes harmful junk food while raiding families that try to produce their own milk or grow their own food. Irresponsible sexual behavior is rewarded and traditional families punished. High paying jobs are actually targeted for destruction by the government, the better for them to be replaced by foreign helot labor. It’s as if our rulers read Marx’s taunt that capitalism turns even family life into brutal economic calculation and thought, “That’s sounds like a great idea.”
What was the alternative? The organic society, the Volksgemeinschaft where the economy serves the nation and serves culture. Economic policy is formulated with the consideration of what will improve the quality of life for the community and the upward development of the race. Efficiency, quality, and beauty are priorities. Companies invest in workers and are tied to particular communities – a system which continues today in Germany, the powerhouse of the European Union. Instead of an economy that subsidizes the worst in people, we could have had something which promotes the best.
But we didn’t. And when every community is destroyed, every worker ground into the dirt, and every neoliberal policy prized as holy writ, what is the result? A nation of unhappy consumers, addicted to prescription drugs, who build their lives around the accumulation of plastic junk. What’s more, even though materialism is all American culture has to offer, somehow, everyone is broke and in debt – as is the country itself.
4. America Destroys the People Who Built Her
Having destroyed the European culture that created her, America is now fulfilling her destiny as an eternal revolutionary state by eating her own children. Even as this is written, the President of the United States is ignoring his responsibility to enforce the law to gleefully ship in immigrants from Central America. Some are gang members, some are carrying diseases, and none have anything to offer the United States except the open hand of a beggar or the clenched fist of an enemy.
The effects of America’s own government are indistinguishable from that of military conquest by a foreign enemy. But millions of Americans support their own displacement because they see it as the fulfillment of their own national mission. And they are right.
If America is an “idea,” and the pursuit of a “better life” is all that matters, why not let in the needy? After all, they would have a better life here. We won’t, of course, but it it’s not about us. White people have no particular claim to this land – which is, after all, simply an administrative unit for the management of the economy and the protection of “rights” – so why not let everyone in?
The obvious answer retort is that the historic American nation and its accomplishments was a European creation. In the immortal words of Sam Francis:
The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people, nor is there any reason to believe that the civilization can be successfully transmitted to a different people.
However, the American ideology is not capable of making that argument. Self-conscious American patriots lack the vocabulary for a defense of their national existence, identified as it is with explicitly universal ideas.
Thus America is the Spenglerian cycle of nations in accelerated form. The hardy pioneers, conquerors and settlers swiftly surrender their moral right to existence and collapse into decadence. And why shouldn’t they? After all, America isn’t a people and a history – it’s a flag and a piece of paper.
These are the charges against America from the Traditionalist Right. And the truth of the indictment can be seen in the world around us – the world America built, the world that is killing us.
D’Souza loves this country because it is the greatest defender of the classical liberalism that makes people like him possible. It is also the greatest enemy of white survival, and the greatest engine of white degradation. These two truths are complementary because when all is said and done, America, like D’Souza, is a scam. But every con has its end.
The only way white Americans can survive is without America, and it begins by “imagining a world without her.” It’s easy if you try.
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