On February 28, 2018, Taylor Lorenz of The Daily Beast revealed the identity of Pamela Geller’s children. And this is troubling for all of us. It certainly was troubling for Milo Yiannopoulos, who speaks about it quite forcefully here.
As many of us know, Pamela Geller is the anti-jihad activist who recently wrote a book entitled Fatwa: Hunted in America and who famously organized the “Draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas back in 2015. Geller, along with Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and Milo (who published Fatwa), may have tenuous ties to the Right per se, but are often lumped in with the Right due to their opposition to the Islamification of the West and the shroud of political correctness under which it seeks cover. Without an Islamic jihad to oppose, I really wonder how far to the Right these three would be willing to go. I imagine not terribly far.
This might be a reason why some of us who are undeniably on the Right – especially the White Nationalist and identitarian Right – are less than interested in the doxxing of Geller’s family. She’s not one of us. She’s Jewish, she’s an outspoken Israeli patriot, and she once called for Israel to retaliate against a theoretical Iranian nuclear attack by nuking Tehran, Mecca, Medina, and then Europe! This would be revenge for the Holocaust, of course.
This generates more than just a smidgeon of issues for the Dissident Right. On the one hand, she fights tooth and manicured nail against some of the white race’s most committed and loathsome enemies, especially as they invade Europe. Like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders, she has put herself in harm’s way, offending people who really know how to kill and have done so before. Many on the Right (myself included) admire this and appreciate her tireless efforts. Further, she has a bit more in common with the Right than merely opposing Islam. For example, she did support Donald Trump after he defeated Ted Cruz in the 2016 primary, and does harbor an appreciation for Ayn Rand that I am sure many on the Right would at least somewhat appreciate.
On the other hand, by taking such an Israel-first perspective she has been accused of rattling Muslims only for the sake of her ancestral homeland, thereby causing trouble where there needn’t be any. Both Matt Parrott and Kerry Bolton, writing for Counter-Currents in 2012, took this view. She also has been known to close ranks with her co-religionists whenever some enterprising goy tries to bring up the obvious Jewish culpability for mass immigration into the West. But all this pales in comparison to her willingness to destroy Europe in one fell swoop over things that happened in the first half of the twentieth century. Her perspective not only insults the memory of the millions of white Europeans who suffered and died at the hands of Jews during the same period, but also ignores how Europeans today are so wracked with guilt over the Holocaust that in some places they make denying the Holocaust a criminal offense. Would that the Jews might show the same amount of remorse over their roles in the October Revolution, the Holodomor, and the Gulag Archipelago!
So I hope one can understand the ambivalence that many racially-aware whites have towards Pamela Geller and the doxxing of her children. Perhaps her comment, which was published in 2010, was made in anger. Perhaps she regrets it now. Then again, perhaps not.
Regardless, this affair goes far beyond Pamela Geller herself.
For one, it reveals a weak spot amongst our enemies. Milo calls Islam the “third rail of social justice politics,” and he’s right. Where the Left these days consists of a coalition of cucks, weirdoes, LDJs, and commies, Islam consists of the same people of which it has always consisted: millions who take the Qur’an literally and get excited about its more militaristic and barbarous passages. In order for the Left to beat the Right, they must include Muslims in their coalition, but that would entail turning a blind eye to their egregious sins and the fact that Muslims in general stand for what the Left supposedly stands against.
This unholy alliance demonstrates how truly despicable the Left is. If you irritate Lefties enough, they just might sic their “peaceful” Islamic bulldog on you, which is essentially what Taylor Lorenz did to Pamela Geller. Milo called the doxxing “unutterably disgusting,” and again, he’s right. If, God forbid, Islamic terrorists ever act on this knowledge and do irreparable harm, I would call for Taylor Lorenz and her editors to be hanged alongside the terrorists. Even if that doesn’t happen, perhaps knowingly outing innocent people and exposing them to the tender mercies of the historic enemy of the West should be a crime punishable by jail time. If it isn’t, it should be. It doesn’t matter who the victims are.
The Left consists mostly of educated individuals who purport to be liberal but ally themselves with illiberal barbarians in order to go after whitey, as if we’re the bad guys. This makes them the enemy of civilization as much as the barbarians are. Any discussion of the Geller doxxing with people not on the Right should come equipped with this logic. To go inescapably from someone being a Leftist to that same someone being a scoundrel shouldn’t require more than a syllogism or two.
Second, this affair should cause us to reflect on our relationships with allies of color. In light of her past statements, I find it perfectly reasonable for white identitarians and nationalists to view Pamela Geller with somewhat jaundiced eyes. It seems she opposes jihad more for its threat to Jews (especially the female ones) than for its threat to white civilization. White racial interests are of less importance for her, if they have any importance at all. Therefore I cannot argue when people say that, despite her good work, she should not be trusted.
Then again, since when do we have to completely trust our allies? I think we can trust her enough to believe that her anti-jihad stance is genuine. What more do we need? For the time being, at least, her main goal (as well as Milo’s and Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s) is in line with at least one of ours, and she hasn’t spent a whole lot of time trashing our other goals. I see this as a net win for the Dissident Right. We don’t have to like or trust such allies of color. But I think it would behoove us to at least leave them alone, or deal with them fairly when necessary.
Lastly, the Geller doxxing should remind us all of the stakes in this game we’re playing. Of course, they’re high, but they begin to skyrocket once you have children, especially small ones. What could happen to Pamela Geller and her children could easily happen to us and ours.
This is called skin in the game. Having skin in the game, I imagine, will dissuade most white race-realists from actually engaging in pro-white activism. It’s easier to keep quiet and slip some cash to American Renaissance every once in a while than to put your name and face out there so that the Jews in the SPLC and the ADL can destroy your career, and so jihadists could potentially kill you. This is a great way to protect your children who in many cases will have a hard enough time growing up under normal circumstances.
Then again, isn’t having skin in the game also a reason to engage in pro-white activism? Greg Johnson has made this point before, and I agree. Do we really want our sons and daughters living as despised minorities in their own homelands? We see the brutal way in which non-whites – blacks, Hispanics, and North African and Middle Eastern Muslims, mostly – behave. We see the wreckage of the countries they leave behind. We see the unscrupulous way in which they take advantage of our generosity and kindness for their own gain. We see how they don’t hesitate to ethnically cleanse us from our once-great cities and run us out of certain industries through nepotism and corruption. As long as these people continue to immigrate into Western nations, these problems will only worsen. White babies born in 2018 will have a good shot at seeing the twenty-second century. What kind of world will they inherit? Will it be one that is orderly, productive, safe, and strong, like pre-1965 America? Or will it more closely resemble Mexico, South Africa, or Pakistan?
I don’t know if having skin in the game is Pamela Geller’s main reason for doing what she does. I know it is for me.
Spencer J. Quinn is a frequent contributor to Counter-Currents and the author of the novel White Like You.
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