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One of the most satisfying aspects of Morrissey’s recent drift into the populist nativist Right is the absolute butthurt from his shitlib fans. It’s glorious. They feel so betrayed. He didn’t just outrage their delicate bourgeois sensibilities. He thrust his fist through their ribcage, tore their heart out, and showed it to them still beating in his hands.

Morrissey just ruined their childhoods in the name of the white race, and I find that quite frankly hilarious.

You almost pity the poor bastards. Almost. Morrissey and The Smiths were the soundtrack of their teenage years. Morrissey’s music got them through some really tough times. That break up. Those lonely evening when Moz was the only one there to keep them company. Some of them have been buying his records for doing on four decades now.

But now shitlibs can’t like Morrissey anymore. Now that Morrissey is a race-woke Right-winger, their depraved and corrupt ideology requires them to deprive themselves of Morrissey and the enjoyment of his music for the rest of their lives.

Fascists like me get to keeping liking Morrissey while liberals have to burn all his records. Ha ha! Suckers!!!

British comedian and race-traitor Stewart Lee. I mean, he’s adopted so I can’t prove he’s not Jewish, but I’m going to go ahead and give him the benefit of the doubt.

“If Breitbart or Spiked can roll out your comments approvingly online you have fucked up.” Writes British comedian and lifelong Smiths fan Stewart Lee in his a Schadenfreude-inducing 2018 Guardian essay “How to Treat Morrissey? Stop Listening to Him.” “Suddenly, I just didn’t want Morrissey in my home anymore. And I couldn’t imagine any circumstances under which I would ever listen to him again.”

But get this part. Lee writes “I’ve got vintage psychedelic vinyl by actual murderers, and books of poetry by antisemites and paedophiles, who are hard to write out of literary history. And the increasingly reactionary comments made by Mark E Smith in his latter years will not tempt me to part with even the most unnecessary Fall compilation. But somehow, illogically and sentimentally, I held Morrissey to different standards.”

That’s quite . . . revealing. Is being (implicitly) pro-white really that much worse than those other things? Worse than pedophilia? Or more likely, it’s that Stewart Lee merely liked and appreciated those other guys but loved Morrissey. Morrissey was his friend through the years, and his music kept the teenager in him alive. And now Stewart Lee can’t listen to him anymore. Ha! I love it!!!

Lee’s article was a reaction to an interview Morrissey gave to his own website (Morrissey has no trust in the mainstream media anymore) where Moz got unusually and emphatically political. Among other things, Morrissey expressed support for anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson and endorsed For Britain, a Right-wing populist party lead by Irish firecracker Anne-Marie Waters and other ex-UKIP members who were expelled from the party for wanting to take UKIP in a more ethnonationalist direction (more on them in a bit).

Based Celts Steven Patrick Morrissey and Anne-Marie Waters

“Among other things . . .”

As for the “among other things” from the interview that broke Stewart Lee’s heart, here are most the “based” portions:

JOHN: You have been accused of supporting Brexit by the press. Why are they so concerned, do you think?

MORRISSEY: Accused is the correct word! It isn’t possible to be congratulated for supporting Brexit, is it? That should tell you all you need to know about the outstanding lack of neutrality within the British press. It’s all a pointless argument anyway because, as you’ve surely noticed, Brexit did not happen. The EU wouldn’t allow it to happen. It is now a dead issue. The people said Leave, but the EU said no. People wanted to leave the EU because of the complete erosion of freedom under EU rules, and the fair-minded majority now see in even more frightening ways how very much they are hated by the EU, not to mention the British political elite. How England is today is a country that is not leaving the EU. Hungary, Italy, Finland and Poland will leave before the UK is allowed to. A second referendum is muttered about but people don’t realize how a second referendum will see an even higher percentage of people voting Leave. What then? A third referendum?

JOHN: What are your thoughts on the upcoming UK elections?

MORRISSEY: They are local elections but people use their vote with national party figures in mind. UKIP is dead, and Nigel Farage aided their downfall by supporting Henry Bolton. Theresa May was always a Prime Minister uninvited. She is incapable of leadership. She cannot say her own name unless it’s written down on a cue card in front of her. I recall her speech on Eid al-Adhar, and how she referred to it as a “joyous celebration” . . . as millions of animals had their throats slit to mark the occasion. I wondered what kind of compassion she could possibly have. The answer is none. However, the Conservatives conserve nothing in modern Britain. In fact, they are the prime destructors of British heritage. Labour are no different from the Conservatives in that they do not object to FGM, halal slaughter, child marriage, and so on. There is no moral clarity with these people, and you shouldn’t vote in a certain way simply because you always have. Do you have the nerve to vote differently? If you have any concern for animal welfare, for example, you cannot possibly vote for either Conservatives or Labour, because both parties support halal slaughter, which, as we all know, is evil. Furthermore, halal slaughter requires certification that can only be given by supporters of ISIS, and yet in England we have halal meat served in hospitals and schools! UK law is pointless!

JOHN: London has become a murder capital recently.

MORRISSEY: London is debased. The Mayor of London tells us about ”Neighborhood policin’” — what is “policin’”? He tells us London is an “amazin’” city. What is “amazin’”? This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly! I saw an interview where he was discussing mental health, and he repeatedly said “men’el” . . . he could not say the words “mental health”. The Mayor of London! Civilisation is over!

JOHN: But why do you think so many people are being killed in London?

MORRISSEY: London is second only to Bangladesh for acid attacks. All of the attacks are non-white, and so they cannot be truthfully addressed by the British government or the Met Police or the BBC because of political correctness. What this means is that the perpetrator is considered to be as much of a victim as the actual victim. We live in the Age of Atrocity.

JOHN: Since you have so much to say on many subjects, why do you not appear on television interviews?

MORRISSEY: Haven’t you heard of people like Cathy Newman or Jo Coburn? They don’t discuss, they insult. If all fails they’ll conclude the interview by calling your grandmother a fat slob. Diverse opinion is banned in England, debate is over. The most offensive thing you can do in modern Britain is to have an opinion and to talk clearly. . . .

JOHN: Don’t you ever wonder if your views have held your career back?

MORRISSEY: Nothing I say is provocative. They are just facts.

Perhaps most surprising was Steven “The Queen Is Dead” Morrissey announced that he has been rethinking his hardline stance on the British monarchy and now considers them worthy of his company.

JOHN: With your views on the monarchy, why did you recently play The Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace and even The London Palladium? Your mother was in the Royal Box, apparently?

MORRISSEY: Yes, my mother, whose name is also Elizabeth, was in the Royal Box. I think those halls belong to all of us. I also think you are asking me if I have softened towards monarchy?

JOHN: No, but, you’ve asked yourself, so go ahead!

MORRISSEY: Well, you know, even a passion to save the planet can start to tire out a bit. I am not fiendish where the House of Windsor is concerned. I resent being ordered to be in awe. I resent the assumption that I must be relentlessly engaged in being in awe of power and money. The House of Windsor represents the strictest social inequality, but I have, I think, expressed my opinion many times, and I don’t feel the need to go on about it, and I wish no ill to anyone. I have been invited to Buckingham Palace three times, did you know? Charles once sent a signed note. If I get a fourth invitation I will go. It seems rude not to! (laughs) I am certain I could persuade Anne that eating horses isn’t a nice thing to do.

Well, that was a curveball. Something tells me he won’t be getting a fourth invitation anytime soon.

It doesn’t really matter whether or not Morrissey meets any particular definition of “racist.” Who knows? Maybe in his mind, Morrissey does not fit his own personal definition of “racist” (the only definition that matters to him). The point is that he declared himself an enemy of the globalist elite and the Cultural Marxist agenda. Right-wingers are used to consuming art by people with whom they disagree politically but Lefties feel like they can never do the same. Their loss.

But what makes this Schadenfreude even better is that Morrissey is too big for the SJWs to take down, and he won’t just go away. So liberals are forced to endure that sense of betrayal over and over as Morrissey continues to dog whistle, doubles down, and reaffirms his commitment to the British people against the globalist elites and their foreign pets. It’s like Morrissey’s old liberal fans are being forced to watch their ex go out with cooler and better-looking people over and over.

Morrissey has been reported to have yelled “Bring Back Free Speech” onstage at a 2018 concert in Birmingham leaving liberal journalists spooked as to what he might mean be that.

But just last week, shit really hit the fan when Morrissey was photographed wearing a For Britain button and the media, Left twitter, and shitlib ex-fans are crying out in pain as they strike him.

Morrissey rocking the For Britain pin.

For Britain

I, Travis LeBlanc, also endorse For Britain warts and all (yes, I am meddling in the politics of a foreign nation. Why let the globalists have all the fun?).

Let’s get the warts out of the way first. Anne-Marie Waters is an outspoken supporter of Israel. Morgoth’s Review has an excellent video on this subject. I’ll admit, that’s annoying, and I’ll say more on that soon.

But I am willing to look the other way on that because . . .

Anne-Marie Waters wants to abolish hate speech laws.

Not even “based” Nigel Farage is willing to go as far as calling for the abolition of hate speech (to my knowledge). Or if he is, it’s doesn’t appear to be making it the central issue it should be.

Abolishing hate speech would be half the battle for Britain. Social media would still be a serious problem but real-world activism is much more feasible in Britain than it is here in the US. For one, it’s geographically smaller and so easier to mobilize your most committed supporters around the country. Getting from Manchester to London is a lot less hassle than getting from Chicago to New York for most people.

Plus there is a large right-wing soccer hooligan presence in the UK that could crush any Antifa pansy into apple sauce.

Anne-Marie Waters

Anne-Marie Waters is “naming the white.”

“I have had enough of (((anti-white hatred))). I really have had enough of it. I’ve had enough of having my skin color degraded and insulted at every opportunity. It’s from the (((United Nations))) down and I’ve had enough of it. . . . White people have absolutely nothing to apologize for. We have nothing to feel guilty about and Europe is our little part of the world every right to a homeland just like every other racial group on this planet.” — Anne-Marie Waters. Quoted from the Morgoth video mentioned above (parentheses added).

Now there’s a word for that, my friends. It’s called White Nationalism. So I can infer from the For Britain button which he wore only last week that Morrissey is now a White Nationalist. This . . . this feels like Christmas for me.

Granted Morrissey himself would and has strenuously denied this, and I expect him to continue to deny it in the future.

“I despise racism. I despise fascism.” Morrissey said in a 2018 post intended to clarify (and re-affirming his support For Britain, “I would do anything for my Muslim friends, and I know they would do anything for me.”

OK, I just wanna say right up front that I do not believe for one second that Morrissey has any Muslim friends. I just wanted to get that out of the way right off the bat. I mean, come on. Try to get a mental picture of that in your head. Try to imagine Morrissey hanging out with Mohammad and Abdul in their button-down polyester shirts and gold chains. They’ve got their incense and Arabic music blasting while Morrissey is over there trying to talk to them about Oscar Wilde. Give me a break, Moz. You’ve got about as many Muslim buddies as I have Canadian girlfriends.

Look, Morrissey is a singer. That’s his job. I realize that there are limits as to how far even Morrissey can go and still be allowed do his craft. I don’t expect Moz to start doing Mr. Bond covers any time soon. He’s already had to cancel a tour of the UK and Europe due to safety concerns. I don’t expect him to take a complete vow of poverty. But that’s fine. If he wants to limit himself dog whistling and supporting fashy race-woke political parties, that’s perfectly fine with me. I’m used to dissecting Morrissey’s words to find their deeper meaning.

How’s this for a dog whistle?

Morrissey mentions that he has heard of Faith Goldy. Somewhere, Richard Spencer is in a jealous rage.

At his April 27th show in Toronto, Morrissey, completely out of the blue, named-dropped Faith Goldy. “I’m a Christian (????). I’m very well-travelled. I’ve heard of Faith Goldy.” The crowd erupts in a mix of cheers and boos. Morrissey continues “So have you. Listen, I’ve heard of her.”

You see, he’s not necessarily endorsing Faith Goldy. He’s just casually mentioning the random factoid he has heard of Faith Goldy. There are two clips of that on YouTube. One mentions the “Christian” (since when?) part and one doesn’t.

But ask yourself: what does it mean to have “heard of Faith Goldy”? Faith Goldy is known for exactly three things. You will never read a mainstream media article about Faith Goldy that does not mention these all three.

1. That Faith Goldy is the “Alt Right” chick who ran for mayor of Toronto.
2. That Faith Goldy appeared on a neon-nazi Daily Stormer podcast which resulted in her being fired from (((Rebel Media))).
3. That Faith Goldy recited the 14 words “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” on a livestream with Millennial Woes.

Every article about Faith Goldy will, without fail, mention those three things. So when Morrissey says he’s “heard of Faith Goldy,” he is saying that he is aware of those three things. And then he deliberately chose not to speak disparagingly of her. Mind you, Morrissey is not known for restraining his opinion about people he doesn’t like. And yet Morrissey mentioned someone widely labeled “White Nationalist” by the media and deliberately chose not to insult her. I’m calling that a dog whistle. I’m thinking Moz is trying to tell us something.

Now you might say “Hey, he was in Toronto so it wasn’t totally out of the blue. He mentioned something specific about that town to build a rapport with the audience.” Maybe. And maybe he was going to insult her but was taken aback about how many people were cheering for Faith. But I doubt it. Morrissey didn’t have to bring her up at all. I’m calling that a dog whistle.

And check this out.

The other day, a friend of mine (the only person I’ve ever met who was an even bigger Morrissey fan than I am), went to one of Morrissey’s shows in New York and sent me this picture.

Morrissey plugging the populist and unofficially-but-implicitly Right-wing French yellow vests movement. Interestingly, The Daily Stormer formerly used that exact same picture for their banner. but I would put that down to coincidence. It is a really badass picture.

The Yellow Vests are not explicitly White Nationalist either, but one French poll found that 46% of Gilet Jaunes agree with the statement “immigration is organised deliberately by our political, intellectual and media elites to bring about the replacement of the European population with an immigrant population”
The Gilet Jaunes, by the way, have also been accused of anti-Semitism and not without justification. The same poll found that 44% of Gilet Jaunes believe there is a Zionist conspiracy on a global scale.

Moz, For Britain, and the whole Jew thing.

As I said, Ann-Marie Water’s support for Israel is a bummer. But then again, the fate of Israel is in the hands of the United States far more than it is Britain’s. So I’m not sure how much Anne-Marie Waters’ support or non-support of Israel really means in the grand scheme of things. So I’m not sweating it that much.

Maybe it’s just the price of doing business in hate speech Britain. Maybe shilling for Israel was a condition for some key supporter. But if that’s the case, if Ann-Marie Waters has some wealthy benefactor who is cool with her “naming the white,” being explicitly ethnonationalist, and calling for the abolition of hate speech laws, and all she has to do in return for his extremely generous support is say some nice things about Israel, I’m not going to tell her to look a gift horse in the mouth given the way the gameboard is looking at the moment.

Now, I’m sure there are going to be people who are to try to tell me how supporting Israel is unconscionable or how you can’t truly be White Nationalist or how you can never truly defeat anti-whiteness without naming the Jew.

Whatever. And who knows? Maybe there is no wealthy backer, and she’s a True Believer in Israel. If that’s the case, someone needs to sit her down with a bottle of red pills. Overturning hate speech and politically organizing as whites are vital priorities. When hate speech gets overturned, there will people naming the Jew calling out Zionists Left and Right both figuratively and politically.

Interestingly, For Britain has also adopted some of Morrissey’s pet issues. Morrissey has gone through a lot of changes a phases including a rockabilly phase that is perhaps best forgotten. But one thing that has remained constant throughout Morrissey’s career is that he has always been an uncompromising vegetarian to the extent that Morrissey will not allow meat to be served in venues when he is performing.
For Britain is the only party in Britain which has the abolition of halal and kosher meat on their platform. I suspect Morrissey may have made that request as a condition of his support. For more info on For Britain’s views on animal rights, here is Anne-Marie on the matter.

Coincidentally, Morrissey wrote a pro-Israel song which appeared on his 2017 album Low In High School. Is Morrissey a philosemite? Who knows? Maybe there was some tit-for-tat going on with For Britain. “You put my animal issues on the platform, and I’ll write a pro-Israel song.” This is all conjecture on my part. Just thought it was weird that Morrissey would all of a sudden start singing about Jews. Or is it?

Here’s a bit of trivia.

I just found out that Geoff Travis, head of Rough Trade Records and the guy who signed The Smiths, was Jewish. This is funny because Morrissey grew to loathe the man and blamed him for The Smiths’ commercial and professional underacheivement. Moz wrote some songs disparaging Geoff Travis which take on completely new meaning once you realize he’s singing about a Jew.

Frankly Mr. Shankley” off The Queen is Dead was written about Geoff Travis.

Frankly, Mr. Shankly, this position I’ve held
It pays my way, and it corrodes my soul
I want to leave, you will not miss me
I want to go down in musical history

Yep. Working for Jews will do that to a man.

Oh, I didn’t realise that you wrote poetry
I didn’t realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry, Mr. Shankly.

It is indeed a scientific fact that Jews are incapable of writing decent poetry. How many great Jewish poets can you think of? You can think of tons of Jewish novelists, playwrights, historians, intellectuals, comedians, etc. but hardly any decent Jewish poets. That’s because it takes more than just a high verbal IQ to write good poetry. You also have to have a beautiful soul, which no Jew has.

Frankly, Mr. Shankly, since you ask
You are a flatulent pain in the ass
I do not mean to be so rude
Still, I must speak frankly, Mr. Shankly
Oh, give us your money

Well said, Morrissey. I feel that way about every Jew. “You’re a pain in the ass, now please return all the wealth that you’ve plundered from my people.”

And then there is the song “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby” whose title was inspired by Geoff Travis’ response to Morrissey’s inquiries as to why The Smiths were not more successful despite having released classic record after classic record.

Today I am remembering the time
When they pulled me back
And held me down
looked me in the eyes and said
“You just haven’t earned it yet, baby”

The Irish

It’s been said that “the Irish are the blacks of Europe.” I dunno if that’s true, but they are certainly the blacks of British pop music because like African-Americans, the ethnic Irish of the UK have always culturally punched far above their weight given their relatively small numbers and outsider status.

While bands from London and the south of England have tended to be solidly Anglo-Saxon and skew middle class (they all met at art college), bands from the North, particularly Liverpool and Manchester, skew more Irish and working class. The Beatles were ethnic Irish. Manchester’s Oasis, the most commercially successful British band of the ’90s, were a bunch of ostentatiously working-class Irish Catholics led by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher. Madchester legends Happy Mondays were a bunch of drugged-up Irishmen.

There are some notable exceptions in both directions. Happy Mondays’ crosstown Madchester rivals, The Stone Roses (surnames Brown, Squire, Mounfield, and Wren) as well as Mancunian elder statesmen Joy Division/New Order (surnames Curtis, Hook, Morris, and Sumner) were entirely Anglo-Saxon.

The Stone Roses: Awakened Saxons.

Typical Irishman Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays

Likewise, there was also a significant Irish presence in London’s punk scene, most famously the godfather of punk himself Johnny Rotten (real name John Lydon) as well as Celtic punk band The Pogues who formed in London. The early ’90s shoegaze scene (London’s answer to Madchester) was flamboyantly AngloSaxon except for The Beatles of Shoegaze, My Bloody Valentine, who had relocated to London from Ireland.

If I were to stereotype the difference between Irish Brit bands and the Anglo Brit bands (it’s a White Nationalist publication, so why the hell not?), it’s similar to the white/black dichotomy in America.

Your Anglo-Saxon bands are the whites. They tend to take a more disciplined and schooled approach and have a tendency to being artsy-fartsy. They tend to be a little more muso. All the great artsy-fartsy concept albums from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to The Who’s Tommy to Radiohead’s OK Computer were all made by southern Anglo-Saxon bands. Hell, you might even throw in Disintegration (Screw you, I’m calling that a concept album) by The Smiths’ southern rivals, The Cure, lead by Robert Smith, a pasty-faced Anglo whose poofy hair rivaled even Morrissey’s.

The Irish Brit bands are the blacks. The Irish place less emphasis on technique and weedly-deedly guitar solos, but what they lack in technique, they make up for in soul and good, old-fashion Irish romanticism. Oasis’s southern Anglo rivals Blur included a classically trained pianist and a guitar prodigy. Man for man, Blur could play circles around Oasis, but they had none of Oasis’ Irish heart. Alan Wren and John Squire of The Stone Roses had more musical talent in their pinky fingers than the entirety of the Happy Mondays (who could barely play their instruments) combined but they had none of the Monday’s Irish joie de vivre or burning Celtic fire.

The Smiths are an interesting case. People like to think of The Smiths as “the definitive English band” but despite naming themselves after the definitive WASP surname, The Smiths were in fact 7/8 Irish (bassist Andy Rourke’s mother is English, but his father and the rest of Morrissey, Marr, and Joyce’s parents were post-war Irish immigrants).

The Smiths seemed to embody qualities of both the Irish and Anglo approach. They had a touch of English artsy-fartsy but didn’t go overboard with it, going into 15-minute soundscapes or extended jams. Like The Beatles, they kept things short and poppy. Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Andy Rourke were both very technical players whereas Morrissey had minimal singing experience before The Smiths, and drummer Mike Joyce was a journeyman drummer at best.

But The Smiths music should be interpreted as England from an Anglo-Irish perspective.

Of his childhood, Morrissey reminisced “I was a small fat child in a welfare house.” Money was tight and severe shyness limited his employment options.  Morrissey is full-blooded Irish, but he is also a lifelong Anglophile. Morrissey was raised by and grew up around Irish immigrants and was taught by Irish Catholic teachers. He was keenly aware of his ethnic identity growing up in 1960s Manchester and is quite proud of his Irish heritage.

But the old country of Ireland itself did never held much fascination. Morrissey was fascinated with the county of his birth: England. He loved its rich literary history, its 1950s kitchen sink dramas, its forgotten teen idols of days past.

Morrissey’s heroes as a youth were the Victorian playwrights like George Bernard Shaw and especially Oscar Wilde, an Anglicanized Irishman like himself, formidable wordsmiths who could out-clever the cleverest English wits. Bowie, naturally, and like everyone Morrissey’s age, the Sex Pistols changed his life. Although punk would be Morrissey’s last dance with modernity.

For many years, Morrissey was associated with the Left for many reasons. He was outspokenly anti-monarchy; he repeatedly called for the death of Margaret Thatcher; his strident vegetarianism and animal right activism were widely perceived as implicitly Left-wing; and Morrissey was widely presumed to be gay (again, perceived to be implicitly Left-wing).

Many tried to recruit or co-opt Morrissey into the gay rights movement, but Morrissey resisted such effort and strenuously objected to the characterization. Morrissey would not officially come out as bisexual (I guess?) until his long-await 2013 autobiography, 30 years after The Smith’s debut single. In it, Morrissey confesses to having had a doomed relationship with a man in the ’90s but then seriously considered settling down and having kids with a gal pal in the early ’00s but ultimately decided to stick to his original plan to remain single and be the last of famous international Morrisseys.

In the 2002 documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey, a friend of Moz’s says that Morrissey honestly does not know what sexual orientation he is.

Yet, there have been people have been accusing Morrissey of being Right-wing and racist almost from the beginning. I’m skeptical that Moz has been Right-wing from Day 1, but let’s look at the evidence.

Morrissey was complaining about negrophilia as far back as the ’80s. “I don’t think there’s any time anymore to be subtle about anything, you have to get straight to the point.” Morrissey said in a 1986 interview, “Obviously to get on Top of the Pops these days, one has to be, by law, black. I think something political has occurred among Michael Hurl and his friends and there has been a hefty pushing of all these black artists and all this discofied nonsense into the Top 40. I think, as a result, that very aware younger groups that speak for now are being gagged.”

It’s blunt, but I don’t think that statement is inconsistent with someone not considering themselves racist. Blacks were a microscopic minority in Britain at the time, and Top of the Pops was a prestigious British institution paid for by the taxpayers. If one group is being unfairly over-represented, why shouldn’t he complain?

Then there are songs like “Bengali In Platforms” where Moz tell an immigrant from Bangladesh “Shelve your Western plans. Life is hard enough when you belong here.”

But is that necessarily racist? Maybe Morrissey sincerely believes that Bengali would be happier in his own country and among his own kind. After all, Morrissey is merely a different ethnicity than most of England and still feels like an outsider. The Bengali, who is a different race, has even less chance of fitting in. In Morrissey’s mind, he’s just giving sound life advice: go home. You’ll be happier.

The Your Arsenal Era

I guess we need to talk about the Your Arsenal era.

As the ’80s moved into the ’90s, Morrissey’s music became less effete and homoerotic as Moz acquired a taste for macho started to butch up his image. He became fascinated with skinheads, soccer hooligans, boxers, soccer players, racecar drivers, and other roguish characters. Morrissey’s 1992 album Your Arsenal was the peak this fascination.

On Your Arsenal is an infamous song called “National Front Disco” whose ambiguous lyrics, neither explicitly condemning or condoning the NF included the line “England for the English.” It caused much controversy and speculation, wringing an explanation from the artist:

The ones who listen to the entire song, the way I sing it, and my vocal expression know only too well that I’m no racist and glorifier of xenophobia. The phrase “England for the English” [used in the song] is in quotes, so those who call the song racist are not listening. The song tells of the sadness and regret that I feel for anyone joining such a movement [as the far-right National Front].

Morrissey was apparently experiencing quite a lot of sadness and regret, close up and at leisure, for according to biographer David Bret (Morrissey: Scandal and Passion [London: Robson Books, 2004]), he was living at the time with a 20-something-year-old skinhead named Jake Walters who later appeared on the sleeve for “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get.”

But deeper clues into Moz’s mindset are elsewhere on Your Arsenal. In “Glamorous Glue,” Morrissey senses that globalism and Americanization were destroying the British culture and identity:

I used to dream, and I used to vow
I wouldn’t dream of it now
We look to Los Angeles
For the language we use
London is dead, London is dead
London is dead, London is dead
London is dead, London is dead
Now I’m too much in love
I’m too much in love

This is a reference to gangsta rap which was then emerging out of Los Angeles and normalizing black American slang in middle-class homes all over the world, even in vitamin-D deficient England. As Morrissey lamented in an interview, “everything is informed by American culture – everyone under fifty speaks American – and that’s sad. We once had a strong identity and now that’s gone completely.”

A third Your Arsenal track worthy of examination is “We’ll Let You Know,” a ballad Morrissey sings from the perspective of a violent soccer hooligan. Hooliganism was still a serious problem in England at the time, so much so that English teams had recently been banned from playing in Europe for several years.

In “We’ll Let You Know,” Morrissey sings a few verses about the savage and cruel nature of hooliganism “We will descend, On anyone unable to defend themselves“ but then at the end, there’s twist:

We may seem cold, or
We may even be
The most depressing people you’ve ever known
At heart, what’s left, we sadly know
That we are the last truly British people you’ll ever know
We are the last truly British people you will ever know
You’ll never never want to know

Hooligans, unlovely as they may be, were the last people in England not yet incorporated into the globalist hivemind. Everyone else was eating McDonalds and watching Hollywood movies. Hooliganism was at least an authentic British pastime.

Now, Morrissey had little in common with these thugs and chads but maybe not nothing. Morrissey may have seen them as fellow outsiders and underdog antiheroes.

It should also be remembered that skinhead and White Nationalist organizations were often heavily anti-Irish, especially with the IRA still a very real menace. Obviously he would not be joining them, and if he did, he would not be staying long.

But in 1992 Morrissey sensed that something about the Britain he had grown up in, known, and loved was dying, and these characters (skinheads, hooligans, etc), were the only other people besides himself who could sense it too. They were the last holdouts. The last patriots of the England of old.

Also in 1992, a band called Suede emerged out of London and was billed by Melody Maker as the Best New Band in Britain. This was the beginning of the Britpop juggernaut that would dominate British music until the end of the decade. The songwriting partnership between Suede singer Brett Anderson and guitarist Bernard Butler drew comparisons to Morrissey and Johnny Marr, leading journalists to proclaim them “The New Smiths.” Morrissey was initially a fan and even covered a Suede b-side on his Your Arsenal tour.

However, as Suede’s popularity would soon come to surpass his own, he soured on the band. But Suede was just the beginning as a new wave of fresh-faced, hedonistic, and unmistakably heterosexual Gen-X Britpoppers was coming up, and Morrissey, the golden boy of the ’80s and last of the bedroom romantics, was looking increasingly like yesterday’s man.

Black-pilled, Morrissey would leave England for Los Angeles in the late ’90s and experience life in a post-white globalist paradise where he became briefly fascinated with Mexican Americans with whom he had quietly acquired a fanatical fanbase. In 1999, Morrissey embarked on a tour, Oye Esteban (Hello, Steve), and his 2004 comeback single “First of the Gang to Die” was about a Mexican street gang.

Morrissey’s popularity with Hispanics is a curious phenomenon. Like Morrissey, they are Catholics in an (ostensibly) Protestant country and might identify with Morrissey’s particular outsider ethos. But Morrissey would eventually lose interests in Hispanics. One might speculate about the effect living in a formerly-white city had on Morrissey’s worldview. Perhaps he’d had time to think about the future when his beloved Manchester and London (also his home for many years) would, like Los Angeles, also become formerly white. But as things would have it, developments in the old country became harder and harder for Morrissey to ignore, even from sunny California.

The Implicit Nationalism of Morrissey

There are a couple of ways in which you can say Morrissey has always been implicitly Right-wing.

First, as stated, Morrissey has always had contempt for modernity and has looked exclusively to the past for inspiration. His influences were Victorian wits, Charles Dickens, and old plays. Bowie was as modern as Morrissey could handle. Moz never jumped on a bandwagon in his life. He never dabbled in synthpop or soulless drum machines.

But The Smiths were also implicitly nationalist in an important way: Morrissey always wrote for a British audience. His songs made cultural reference to obscure towns in England and regional slang that Morrissey knew damn well would go over the heads of even the most Anglophilic American audiences. The Smiths made music like they didn’t give a damn if a single American bought it.

It was always raining in the world of The Smiths, and you could feel the dreary North Atlantic weather through the speakers. His music really transported you to the streets of Manchester.

The Smiths had negligible American and zero black influence. Nothing was “cool” or “awesome” or “dope.” Morrissey wrote like an aristocrat but from a working-class perspective. If he used street slang, it was of the homegrown (and usually archaic) British variety. The Smiths’ songs took place in a world where England was still unmistakably English and people still called each other “the bee’s knees” and whatnot.

A Word on ’90s Britpop . . .

A decade later, there would be the ’90s Britpop craze where a Smiths-style “by British, for British” approach became all the rage in indie music and band like Blur, Oasis, Suede, and Pulp were topping the charts singing in exaggerated British accents about soccer and going down to the pub. However, there is a significant difference.

Britpop was largely a response to the Seattle grunge explosion which had swept America and had temporarily made British bands deeply unfashionable stateside. British bands responded by tailoring the music more specifically towards their home audience. In many ways, Britpop was an economic necessity, and by the time Spice Girls came around, Britpop belonged to the corporations. It had strayed far from its indie roots until it was nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy.

Oasis’ Noel Gallagher

However, The Smiths wrote for a British audience at a time when MTV was opening up the enormous American market to British bands and every idiot from Liverpool with a synth and a camera was getting on MTV and going platinum. And yet, The Smiths defiantly refused to make music videos (although they did make a handful after some severe arm-twisting from their label). The Smiths believed that the only television worthy of them was the prestigious British institution Top of the Pops. MTV could go to hell.

And The Smiths weren’t all concerned about selling albums either. While The Smiths had multiple UK #1 albums, it was the singles chart that Morrissey desperately wanted to conquer. That was the traditional British standard of who was and who was not a legitimate British pop star, not how many albums you could sell to Americans in the Midwest. The easy thing to do would have been to go chase dollars in America. But more than anything, Morrissey wanted to be loved by and his music enjoyed by his fellow countrymen.

But now those same people, the ones Morrissey has devoted his life to writing songs for and about, are in trouble. The rainy Northern streets Morrissey’s youth are now the scenes terror attacks. The tattooed boys from Birkenhead are gone and have been replaced by pedophilic Muslim rape gang members. There’s panic on the streets, but there’s not even safety in the towns anymore.

A wise man once said “I don’t want to be beaten to death by clowns.” And yet Clown World is upon us. But fear not. For while there may indeed be panic on the street of London, Dublin, Dundee, and Humberside, in those very same streets, there is also hope.

What can you say? Morrissey is taking a bullet for his people. Like his hero Oscar Wilde, he will be scorned and rejected by those people led by the Leftist media. But who cares? Morrissey has a huge Hispanic fanbase that doesn’t give a damn about their SJW bullshit.

But unlike Wilde who was persecuted for his degeneracy (he had a wife and kids, for Pete’s sake!), the Puritans of modern Britain want to burn Morrissey at the stake for his virtues. They seek to destroy him for his honesty and commitment to the truth as he sees it. For his courage to put what he believes ahead of chasing as much money as possible. For his loyalty to the country that nurtured him. For his devotion to the British culture that shaped and inspired him. For his commitment the British people whom he loves and celebrates in song and who in return gave him a career, comfort, and acclaim. Steven Patrick Morrissey did absolutely nothing wrong and everything right (although I’m not sure what the point of Southpaw Grammar was. Was that supposed to be prog?).


Like Oscar Wilde, Morrissey’s artistic legacy is of such unassailable quality he will almost certainly be forgiven eventually, even if posthumously. But I don’t think Morrissey will have to wait until death to be exonerated, as sooner or later reality is going to come along and prove Morrissey to be prophetic as he is poetic.


  1. OMC
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Good article, but it got kind of unfocused and turned into a retrospective of Morrissey’s career. The article should have been broken up and published as two separate pieces.

    The author gives Anne Marie Waters’ leftism a free pass by focusing on her support for Israel, as if that’s her only flaw. Waters, like Geert Wilders, is an ethonationalist of convenience. She sees brown people, particularly Muslims, as a threat to feminism, secularism and “free speech.” She’s one of these cretins who says “Muslims are mean to womyn and animals!” This is the kind of thinking that leads to ethnomasocism because until the last 100 or so years whites enforced much the same standards on women as can be found today in the Islamic world. Just because she doesn’t follow the leftist logic toward white self-hatred doesn’t mean other whites won’t go there. She’s making what the late Lawrence Auster called an “unprincipled exception” by avoiding the conclusion that Europe was an intolerant place until midway through the last century.

    We’re not ethnonationalists because secular leftism can only flourish under a white majority, we’re ethnonationalists because a common ancestry is the basis of nationhood.

    • Posted May 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Well said, OMC.

      The raison d’etre of For Britain is Islamophobia, and like other parties such as that of Geert Wilders or One Nation in Australia, that is because Islam is seen as a threat to the West’s liberal values. Other policies, such as they exist, are tacked on as an after-thought.

      The party line of For Britain and other such parties is that there are ‘no moderate Muslims’, that the Koran is a terrorist manual. It is the party line provided for them by Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, David Horowitz, Pamela Geller, Gina Rosenwald; well funded neocons with influence. They p;provided the money for the defence of Wilders and Tommy Robinson.

      Ignore For Britain’s pro-Zionism, like that of other such parties, and its fetish about Islam, and nothing is left. In fact, better to have nothing, than such parties posing as ‘Right’.

      • Lord Shang
        Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:12 am | Permalink

        Yes, but Islam IS a threat to Britain, to liberal values, and even to basic public order and the ability of the average Brit to get peacefully through the day. It would be nice if a party arose which said straight out “our goal is to return Britain to the British, and thus we propose to expel every last nonwhite from British soil, including part-Whites and Jews”, and that is the party I would vote for if I were British.

        But 1) can a party have such a platform in a PC-totalitarian place like Occupied Britain in 2019? {I don’t know, which is why I’m asking, but I suspect some “hate speech” law would preclude it}. Perhaps denouncing Islamic barbarism is as far as the law would allow. Also, 2) why would anyone think that one can go from 0mph to 90mph – from PC-cringe-insanity to advocacy of race-alien expulsions – instantly? Nationalism must start somewhere. This is what WNs cannot seem to grasp. The same mistake gets endlessly remade. People so indoctrinated as today’s Brits (seemingly worse than Americans) will not jump straight into WN. They need to be gradually radicalized. Start with Muslims; then changing asylum laws; then move on to other quarry …

      • AE
        Posted May 16, 2019 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

        Is “nothing” really better than a few Islamophobic and immigration-restrictionist parties “posing as ‘Right'”? I dare say that I’d rather live in a decadent, liberal country with a preponderance of white people than a decadent, liberal country with an ever-increasing proportion of Muslims and other nonwhites. If we must be decadent, let us be decadent among ourselves– the Japanese model.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:20 am | Permalink

      We’re ethnonationalists because we’re racial and cultural and national conservatives: we wish to preserve our racial, national, and cultural identities, and, less exaltedly, simply don’t wish to live with or be governed by other than our own tribe/race.

      But not everyone agrees or shares these concerns. Other people must be reached on their own grounds. I’ve persuaded non-racist conservatives that immigration must be halted because immigrants mostly vote socialist/leftist. I’ve similarly persuaded a few liberals of the same because immigration is used to bust the private labor unions. I actually know a gay Trump supporter who is worried that Muslim immigrants will eventually become numerous enough to impact gay life, and who accordingly supports Trump’s original proposed ban on Muslim immigration.

      Many Whites are, sadly, progressives. We won’t win our war for racial survival without bringing some of them around to White separatism. If that means appealing to feminists by pointing out Muslim misogyny, or environmentalists via facts about immigration and overpopulation, so be it. Whatever works.

      • DissesMyIsland
        Posted May 29, 2019 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        I like the cut of your jib, Shang.

  2. Earnest Assessment
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Great Jewish poet=Heine.

    Seriously, I think the reason there have been no great modern Jewish poets is that they have an easy “in” to the music, motion picture, and broadway industries. Why would you cultivate a difficult, non remunerative art when you could get easily rich turning out relative hack work? Sure, I’ll just read Yeats from the balcony of my pleasure palace says the Jewish lyricist.

    Actually, there seem to be a lot of great Russian Jewish poets, like Brodsky, Pasternak, and Bloch, but the language distance is too great for me to truly judge them. Brodsky’s essays are pretty good.

    • Happy Larry
      Posted May 13, 2019 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      John Fowles, the post-modern writer of the French Lieutenant Woman, had a fascinating incident with Jewish publisher Rick Gekoski which I think details why we have so few Jewish poets:

      “Over a pleasant meal, in foolish response to Mrs Greene’s ardent enthusiasm for living in the midst of nature, I launched a mildly ironised attack on Wordsworth, and the folly of supposing one is improved by exposure to the natural world. Give me art and cities anytime, I said, rather than the numbing effects of too many fields, streams, and drooling rustics. It was an unpromising line of thought if you are trying to get John Fowles, an ardent student of the natural world, to do something for you. After lunch we repaired to the library, and John leafed through a few volumes with scant interest. “I simply have nothing to say about it,” he said as soon as we left. I exchanged a few notes with him after that, but never saw him again.

      Here I must admit to a shaming habit. When I am in a bookshop, I often find myself compelled to look myself up in indexes of recently published books. Buying rare books and selling archives from well-known literary people means (many such being diary-keepers and gossips) that thoughts will be thought, then noted, and sometimes transmitted in print.

      I have this sad habit under a degree of control. I don’t seek myself in the index to Wisden, the Guide to the Churches of East Anglia, or books on birdwatching. But when I see a book of memoirs, a Collected Letters, or a published journal by someone I know, I often have a look to see if I am in there. So when, sometime in 2005, I picked up the newly published Journals of John Fowles, Volume Two, I headed straight for the back pages. And there it was: “Gekoski, Rick, 381, 401-3.”

      The facts were there – the buying of a manuscript and the carting off of some foreign translations of Fowles’s works, the lunch party and little spat about Wordsworth (which had clearly irked him as well as Mrs Greene). The diary entries about me are not wholly dismissive. It seems he liked me, and discerned something Hollywoodish in my character. But the incessant refrain was that I am “too Jewish for English tastes”, partly, I suppose, because of my views about nature. Presumably he might have felt the same way about Dr Johnson.”

  3. Bernie
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Like many white Americans, I became an Anglophile based on English music. I like early Smiths but can take or leave the solo work of Morrissey. Echo & the Bunnymen, Stone Roses, The Cure, etc. were more my style.

    But the lyrics and videos of The Smiths (plus their publicity photos) made me feel like I knew northern England even before I actually visited the place. Rainy, cold, grey, lads in pubs, etc. If past lives are real I must have been a working class Englishman from Lancaster as I truly feel at home there. Truly good people though no viable political leader speaks for them yet.

    Morrissey’s support of For Britain is very welcome. But I wonder if it has helped the party. They seemed to do ok in recent local elections. How will this translate? Will it be swallowed by the Brexit party (which, to my knowledge, largely ignores racial issues)?

    Anyway, always nice to read an article about English culture and music. Never really thought too much about the Anglo/Irish split in British bands. But it seems to make sense.

  4. Fortis
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    I undersand the idea of this piece and I respect it. However, this article seems heavy with interpretations that rely on unwarranted inferences seen through the wishful lense of a WN dissident, especially of the American variety (Which is, by the way, the type of person I most respect in the world today). But here are the flaws, in my opinion:

    Coincidentally, Morrissey wrote a pro-Israel song which appeared on his 2017 album Low In High School. Is Morrissey a philosemite? Who knows? Maybe there was some tit-for-tat going on with For Britain. “You put my animal issues on the platform, and I’ll write a pro-Israel song.” This is all conjecture on my part.
    It’s quite a conjecture, to be sure.

    “I despise racism. I despise fascism.” Morrissey said in a 2018 post intended to clarify (and re-affirming his support For Britain, “I would do anything for my Muslim friends, and I know they would do anything for me.” …
    OK, I just wanna say right up front that I do not believe for one second that Morrissey has any Muslim friends.
    On the conrary, I believe it completely. His Muslim friends are probably not of the standard variety you speak of, but quite neutralised and westernised types, which makes him consistent in his statement and doesn’t prove that you can therefore infer that his despising racism or fascism is just an empty verbal gesture.

    If I were to stereotype the difference between Irish Brit bands and the Anglo Brit bands (it’s a White Nationalist publication, so why the hell not?), it’s similar to the white/black dichotomy in America.
    Quite a comical analogy here, utterly inappropriate on several levels I need not go into. Pretty self-evident. I kind of get what he’s trying to say, but it’s pretty bad.

    In conclusion, things in Europe (Britain included) aren’t quite as they seem to an American dissident. If you were to talk to these people (Morrisey, Waters etc.) and they were being 100% open and honest, you will be surprised how many things we perceive as ‘dog whistles’ are, in fact, a reflection of a different sets of understandings and experiences that give off such a vibe to our AR/dissident sensibilities. To be sure, we share many attitudes with these people, but the conclusions drawn here are a stretch.

  5. Happy Larry
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Interesting article but I do have some qualms about your support for For Britain, a micro-party with no real influence, lacking in their support for English nationalism, and led by a militant lesbian leader Anne Marie-Waters, an Anti-Catholic secularist in love with media attention. England does have the National Front and the British Democrats offering a real voice alongside actual electoral talent and I rarely see CC or any dissent right publication offering them any real publicity even though they have more chance of actually winning elections (the things that ultimately count in politics) than For Britain or UKIP by this stage thanks to internet mong, Spergcuck of Applebees.

    When Anne-Marie stood in the Lewisham by-election, she totalled 266 votes in a constituency comprised of seven wards and 65,500 voters, meanwhile, James Lewthwaite of the British Democrats and Steven Smith of the National Front polled 701 votes and 182 votes from single wards of 14,000 and 4,800 voters respectively, yet I never see any given support for them when they actually deserve praise for putting their own hard effort, rather than an Ezra Levant stipend, into actually canvassing, dealing with voters concerns with care and interest. That is how you gain power, not through subscriber counts on YouTube. We should be openly giving support to successful parties who need the extra campainers (think of all the time young people waste trying to infiltrate parties into becoming pro-white when we already have the pro-white parties needing help) not whoever is hot on the latest social media platform.

    • Vauquelin
      Posted May 13, 2019 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      Forgive my unwarranted inquiring but you seem to know the lay of the land in British politics and I have a question that’s been on the tip of my tongue for a while. That being: what happened to the BNP? Is the once premier British party of the dissident right no longer relevant? She’s been spectacularly absent from recent political discourse and I’d like to know what killed it.

      • Happy Larry
        Posted May 13, 2019 at 10:47 am | Permalink

        It isn’t a problem at all. In the case of the BNP, it had a number of problems but at its core, it can all laid upon the feet of Nick Griffin. I am not going to suggest he was a government plant (though his relationship with the mixed race, wife beating, police reporting Jack Sen, another dodgy man raises some eyebrows now that he got his own little BBC documentary), but few people have done more damage to a single party, perhaps even a movement than Nick. He took a party with many talented people (Bowden for instances) who were skilled and winning us elections- the 2009 European elections where the BNP achieved two MEP seats or the council seats in locals- to a bad public image and collapsed finances. The BNP has not recovered since. It is a simple non-entity in politics.

        I think his appearance on the ‘BBC Question Time’ is symbolic of his failures as a leader. He was given the opportunity of a lifetime for the pro-white movement to air the concerns of demographic replacement but he went in thinking he could take on the entire British establishment without putting in the research and beyond one admittedly excellent tidbit about Jack Straw’s cowardly father, it shows. It was going to be a hatchet job so why didn’t he see that and attack his opponents, showing them to be the anti-whites they are is beyond any reasonable thought process. I would start raving about what might have been if the BNP had a decent leader but that is pointless now. Nick’s moved on to be an unintentional comedian (anyone recalls the British version of American Renaissance?) with several botched endeavours I’m sure are so he can reach D list celebrity status and get his own reality TV show.

        • Lord Shang
          Posted May 16, 2019 at 4:56 am | Permalink

          So what are the UK rightist parties? I used to think BNP as WN, then UKIP as civnat. My goal for Britain is the total expulsion of all nonwhites. No exceptions, ever. I’m a bit ‘liberal’ wrt non-British Whites (I think those born in the UK should be allowed to remain; recent immigrants should probably return home).

          Which party best reflects my views? And, which mainstream party would most persons like me vote for (in the interests of actually doing something that might yield a positive impact)? Thanks.

          • Gnome Chompsky
            Posted May 16, 2019 at 8:51 am | Permalink

            I am not British, except by descent (partially) but politics there are nonsense.

            The lower house, the House of Commons, has a ridiculous system of first-past-the-post voting, so most people have only two choices, they can make a protest vote, but it will go nowhere.

            The upper house, the House of Lords, did consist of the hereditary ‘nobility’, plus top legal types and a few from their church (not totally heretical at the time, it is now).

            Now, the House of Lords (over a thousand members) is full of Jewish politicall donors to Anthony Blair, and successive waves of a similar nature.

            To state that the UK has any kind of democracy is a laugh.

            It is one of the least democratic systems in the world.

            Since Farage decided to make the ‘Brexit party’, all it will do is leach votes from people who may be a little more serious.


            So, they win seats in the (meaningless) Euro-parliament,?

            It is a joke, and this time, I think that Farage is playing it, as an evil character and liar.

  6. Dazz
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Morrissey has been treated well by Israeli’s, its not all that terrible or surprising he’d as a result do a song supposedly dedicated to the country (the song to me seems to more be a metaphor for gays, with Israel/homo’s being sole Jewish country surrounded by Muslim/hetero’s countries), also it could be further hint of support for nationalism, do not WN’s bitch and whine about Israel being allowed to be for Jews, while our own lands are forced to become ever more multiracial/cultural…hopefully he continues learning and sees that while Jews advocate for Israel to be only Jewish, they conversely push for White countries to be destroyed ethnically.

    As for Muslim friends, I think you and a commenters are taking that term too literally, its common that entertainers refer to fans as “friends”, just think of it like some of your Facebook/Twitter friends who you barely know.

  7. Dennis
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Good stuff. Nice to see Moz still pissing off the right people! For those paying attention through the years, though, he’s never been as easy to pigeonhole as a straight-forward liberal/Leftist as certain PC hipster fans wish he was (especially post-1990s, and with regard to immigration/race issues. He’s always been something of a “little Englander”).

    I would like to know more about his “Christianity.” For a number of years now, he has been seen wearing a crucifix around his neck, though I’ve never seen any statements about it in interviews. Back in the ’80s and early ’90s he always said he was against organized religion. Has he reverted to the Catholicism of his birth?

  8. AE
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I spent a minute trying to think of a good Jewish poet and all I came up with was Mandelstam. I certainly can’t think of one that wrote in English.

    • Gnome Chompsky
      Posted May 14, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      There is one in America, his writing is crap, but a beneficiary of the `Hey, we`re all Jews, let`s give each other literary awards`mindset. I forget the name, Isaac something cliched. Turgid crap. Most Jewish authors of anything are best avoided.

      Unfortunately, nobody much works that out until, as me, in their thhrties.

      I want to listen to some post-Smiths Moz. What is the best starter?

      I like to belt out Panic and Son and Heir at karaoke, but I usually choose the Tatu version of the latter, the original is much more difficult to sing. How much more difficult surprised me the first time I tried.

      The side-attack on Mark E. Smith by one of the quoted scribblers was also interesting, I would have expected that such existed, but it is the first time to see it. Then again, he`s dead now, so I suppose we won’t see much more of that.

      So, burn down the disco!

      Hang the blessed DJ,

      because the music he constantly plays,

      says nothing to me about my life.

      Hang the DJ etc. (great chorus), perhaps Moz was already a little red-pilled even back then?

      • Travis LeBlanc
        Posted May 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        I like Viva Hate. It’s probably the album closest to The Smiths. The first half is great but it falls off a bit in the 2nd half.

        Bona Drag is technically a compilation but the songs were recorded in short space of time, it feels like an album. That wouldn’t be a bad one

        Your Arsenal is a good rock album but I would recommend the live album Beethoven Was Deaf over that. Vauxhal and I is apparently Morrissey’s favorite.

        • Gnome Chompsky
          Posted May 16, 2019 at 7:36 am | Permalink

          Thank you. I will be buying one or two to check, Marr’s spangly guitar was brilliant, but seems to me dated now.

          I also like rockabilly (the original, too many to mention, but I would mention Wanda Jackson in particular, she is stil alive and performing, at least when I checked last year, I recommend that CC readers who are not only liking formal music (‘classical’ is of course an incorrect term, it is a specific period, long in the past), or metal- or techno-obsessed check Wanda Jackson’s music and songs.

          Later takes (in particular early ‘northern rockabilly’ of The Fall and the take on rockabilly of the Cramps) are great to me.

          It interests me that Mark E. Smith does a very good cover of Wanda Jackson’s Funnel of Love.

          It is an especially good choice because it is ‘funnel ‘not the similarly titled and later ‘tunnel’.

          It seems that Morissey did not do rockabilly well. I suppose I should listen to some of those, and judge for myself.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted May 16, 2019 at 4:48 am | Permalink

      Please – Heine?

      Recognizing something good about other peoples is nothing for the White man to be ashamed of. It is a mark of his higher ethics. I can admire a nonwhite without wanting to share a country and a government with him.

      • AE
        Posted May 16, 2019 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        I suppose Heine was an oversight on my part, but I don’t particularly like most of his poetry anyway. It may be because I don’t read German and I’m fairly averse to poetry in translation. That said, I wasn’t suggesting that Whites should only admire or enjoy art by fellow Whites. I would be a hypocrite if thought so.

        Even still, Jews are something of a special case. The vast majority of their art, in whatever medium, is subversive. It’s not that I think one shouldn’t admire art by Jews because they’re not White, but that there’s just very little to admire if you find an assault on the European race and Western civilization ethically and aesthetically displeasing.

        Our lives are short. We need to discriminate to make the best use of our time. In light of that, avoiding Jewish authors is a safe bet– even if there are exceptions.

        • Lord Shang
          Posted May 16, 2019 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

          I agree, esp with the last paragraph. I try very hard to read as much great literature as I can; also a lot of good quality fiction. I read two books (novels or story collections) per month. Yet, there is so much I haven’t read. Nothing is more embarrassing than having someone ask you how you like to spend your free time (naturally, I usually have to avoid “reading Far Right books, and commenting on alt-right or White Nationalist websites”), telling him/her that you read a lot of literature, and then having him/her mention something universally known that you haven’t (yet) read.

          I had this happen to me in acute form in 2018. The person I was out with had been a French lit major, and asked me if I’d read Les Miserables (n0), Lost Illusions (no), The Counterfeiters (no); then more broadly, Tristram Shandy (no), Bleak House (no), The Good Soldier (no), The Betrothed (no), Buddenbrooks (no), Dead Souls (no), and War and Peace (no). There were a few works mentioned I had read, too. But what the hell??! I read a lot, but there’s a lot to read.

          For serious readers, there is never enough time. I cannot therefore understand why people waste time with porn, videogames, most TV, ESPN, CNN, etc.

          • AE
            Posted May 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

            Save all those titles until after you read Clarissa. The greatest novel ever written, sadly neglected. Come to think of it, The Good Soldier is rather neglected as well. It’s really a very good book.

            There are too many great novels out there. If you have certain preferences, stylistic or otherwise, I’d say read those that appeal to you rather than focus on the commonly-cited classics. Many are overrated. There’s definitely no shame in not having read something like The Counterfeiters

          • No Political Party
            Posted May 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

            This is one of those comments you see very rarely that could have come from your own soul. I feel the same about reading and also cannot imagine what people see in H-wood, sportsball, and those types of “entertainment.”

            I see a psych (don’t we all?) whose small office has two giant screen TV’s blaring network shows in late afternoon when I go. Nothing like walking into a Steve Harvey or Ellen mishmash when you’re used to the printed word. I have to bring earplugs; when you haven’t watched TV for years, you cannot believe the fake enthusiasm and noisy ain’t-I-wonderful attitudes, and they score a solid 10 in obnoxiousness. Unbearable. And in a psych’s office, where people might not want to be shouted at!

            Never was a Morrisey fan; my big time was LedZep and a period catching up with indie and alt-and classic country in the 90s.But oh how nice to read about where he is, politically and culturally now!

      • AE
        Posted May 16, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        Also, I’m still waiting for someone to point out a great Jewish poet who wrote in English. Can you think of one? Emma Lazarus? Allen Ginsburg, who used poetry to shout about his own degeneracy? Anthony Hecht, who responded to Arnold’s “Dover Beach” with a poem titled “The Dover Bitch”? I suppose Isaac Rosenberg and Mina Loy each had a few good poems, but neither were great. Philip Levine and Laura Riding are probably the most accomplished and least subversive Jewish poets in English that I can think of, but IMO they were both minor.

        I await the name of any great English-language Jewish poet that I’ve been neglecting. Please, enlighten me– I would be grateful.

        • Lord Shang
          Posted May 16, 2019 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

          I love literature, but my knowledge of poetry is very poor (I’m not great on drama, either). I prefer novels and short stories (or classics, like Homer and Virgil). The Psalmists were Jews, right? Otherwise, I agree that Jews are inferior writers to Whites. But there are still a lot of great Jewish novelists and short story writers, even if I cannot think of any who rise to the level of the greatest White writers (this is not true of Jewish philosophers, of course).

          Oh, s—. Except for half-breed Proust (raised Catholic). That’s a bummer.

          Wiki has a list of great Jewish poets. Most of them were unfamiliar to me, I’m ashamed to admit.

          I think the most influential were Heine, Celan, Pasternak, and Saba. But that is only based on my general literary knowledge.

        • Earnest Assessment
          Posted May 17, 2019 at 6:28 am | Permalink

          Ok: Karl Shapiro, Stanley kunitz, Charles reznikoff, Delmore Schwartz, Muriel Rukeyser. I discussed Jewish poets below. I don’t think any of these figures could be called great. Schwartz is probably the best. He is immortalized as the character Humbolt In Saul below book. That said, I doubt any poet of the US twentieth century will be considered “great” in two centuries, in the way that Wordsworth or Tennyson were great. Ya know, in Star Trek Generations, when Sorin says “time is the fire in which we burn Picard,” that’s from a Delmore Schwartz poem!

          Someone else posted this either here or at the unz site a while back: Balzac saw Heine and one of the rothchilds walking arm in arm in Paris one day. How could the man most responsible for the revolutions of 1848(Heine) be embracing the Uber capitalist Rothschild the unschooled observer wonders? Only when one understands the secret connection between them is the puzzle understood! The original quote was better, lol

          Great article and thread! I like viva hate the best too.

          • AE
            Posted May 17, 2019 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

            Re: your previous comment, I don’t think there’s a paucity of high-tier Jewish poets because they have an “easy ‘in'” to more lucrative fields. There have definitely been plenty of Jews writing poetry in the U.S. since at least the early 20th century. And they’ve been running literary journals, prizes and English and creative writing programs for the better part of a century. Their hands have been all over Poetry Magazine/The Poetry Foundation, as well as the American Academy of Poets. Both have long been the two pillars of the American poetry scene and they award some of the more prestigious prizes. (Let’s not forget the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Award, Bollingen Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, etc., none of which are awarded by a cabal of WASPs.)

            Fiction isn’t the most lucrative field either, but as others noted, there have been a good number of great Jewish-American novelists (I’d rather call them “great prose-stylists” as their novels as a whole I often find distasteful). They were all, of course, promoted by their fellow Jews who dominated the literary scene and publishing industry. But though they’ve similarly promoted many Jewish poets, none have proved to be great. The critical consensus (a Jewish-dominated consensus!) seems to be that almost every Jewish-American poet was passable or slightly good at best. Why is this? I don’t think Hollywood and Broadway have anything to do with it. I’d chalk it up to the Jewish “race-soul” more than anything else. Jews seem as incapable of greatness in poetry as they are in the visual arts.

            As for the poets you named, Delmore Schwartz would definitely be the best of them. I forgot to mention Gary Snyder; he has a few good poems and an appreciation of nature that most Jews seem to lack.

          • AE
            Posted May 17, 2019 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

            Also, I’m fairly certain that a handful of American poets will be considered great in a couple centuries. Eliot, Stevens, Frost, H.D., Robinson, and Williams are all prime candidates. Each wrote a number of strong poems, and as with earlier canonical poets, the lesser ones will drop away. But as Harold Bloom has pointed out, literary overpopulation is a danger to anyone vying for canonical status in the 20th and 21st century; there are simply too many good writers compared to previous generations because of the sheer number of people and rates of literacy.

  9. Charlie Farnsbarns
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    The problem with ‘For Britain’, as with all CivNats, is that they get some things right (usually for the wrong reasons…) but on the crucial issues, they are woeful.

    This is taken from an article on their website entitled ‘For Britain is anti-fascist’

    “We are anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-Marxist and anti-collectivist, and we don’t do “identitarian” politics because we don’t care what your ethnic, racial, religious background is as long as you share our beliefs in freedom and you have a desire to see Britain worthy once more of the appellation “Great.””

    • Lord Shang
      Posted May 16, 2019 at 4:44 am | Permalink

      But do they stand for halting immigration? That’s the really important thing. WNs will never go anywhere if they let the pure be the enemy of the improvement. Gradual radicalization is the key to ultimate victory. Most people are followers, and get scared at too much initial radicalism. Just human nature.

  10. Travis LeBlanc
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    UPDATE: Morrissey appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night and again wore the For Britain pin. No MSM stories on it that I can tell but it’s on all the big music newsites (Pitchfork, Stereogum, and the like)

    This is some amazing exposure for a relatively unknown party like For Britain. Loads of free advertising that associates them their iconic and beloved spokesman, plus all the shares and retweets. How much would all that cost if you went to an agency? Morrissey is a strong brand name.
    Say what you like about Morrissey, For Britain, or Anne-Marie Waters, watching the Left lose their marbles over this is fucking funny.

    What’s funny about the pin controversy is that you couldn’t even SEE what the pin said just by watching Morrissey on TV. So if the media said nothing, it would have had neglible effect.
    But no. They can’t resist. They have to tell their audiences of millions “Hey, remember Morrissey? That singer you like? Yeah, well he now supports this party called For Britain. Maybe you should check them out.”

    This is very similar to when Stormer Book Clubs go flyering on a college campus in the middle of the night. The first person who sees a flyer calls campus police who are down in 10 minutes. MAYBE 15 people end up see the flyers before they are all removed.
    But then local TV shows up and they just can not resist the temptation to show their viewers the flyers. The clip gets shared around social media, and so instead of 15 people seeing the flyers, thousands, sometimes millions of people end up seeing the them.

    The media can not resist the temptation to do this. People call them out on this all the time “Hey, you’re amplifying their message” and they keep doing it.
    Neither the commie nor the capitalist in them can resist the dopamine temptation. The commie can not resist the temptation to virtue signal and the capitalist can not resist money-generating clicks that hot-button stories about race yield. If an issue CAN be connect to race, it WILL be connected to race for the above mentioned reasons.

  11. Travis LeBlanc
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    UPDATE #2: OK, so the Fallon pin controversy has now hit the MSM on both sides of the Atlantic. Jimmy Fallon is now under fire for allowing Morrissey to wear the For Britain pin on his show in the first place.

    Here’s the UK’s Daily Mail

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted May 15, 2019 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      “Allowing” FFS?

      You might want to live and let live, but the Left has vetoed that. They must be utterly defeated. They must be completely crushed or everything decent dies.

  12. Lord Shang
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Interesting article, and I like Travis LeBlanc’s spiritedness. How I used to hate the ass-kissing even of Occidentalist conservatives! Even brave and brilliant Perter Brimelow’s excellent 1995 book, Alien Nation, annoyed me for its bending over backwards to placate the diversitists approach. We need more in your face pro-White writing. A lot more.

    That said, I have to laugh about one little thing. Before this article, I had only barely even heard of the name “Morrissey”, and had no idea at all who he was or what he’d done. Glad he’s moving in a sensible direction, however. Maybe he’ll inspire other celebrities.

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