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On Griping

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In the mid-1990s, actor John Leguizamo produced a pretty funny comedy sketch TV series called House of Buggin’. In it, I remember a game show parody in which contestants of different races got to gripe about, well, other races (sorry, can’t find a link, so I’m going on memory here). But when it was the white man’s turn, the emcee (played by Leguizamo) scolded him, and told him that because he was a white man, he wasn’t allowed to complain about other races. So our white male contestant settled on something more anodyne: the liberal media.

It was funny then. It’s not so funny now.

When people are unhappy, they gripe. We all know this. But what happens when what you need to gripe about is taboo? Imagine a world in which the price attached to griping about what’s really bothering you is too high to pay. Suppose you would face financial ruin or social ostracism for daring to speak the truth about your unhappiness? What then? In most cases, people would continue to gripe, but would focus on other, less taboo, topics — topics that bear only a secondary or tertiary relation to the truth behind their troubles.

Well, we don’t have to imagine such a world, because that is very world whites in the West live in today. Whites are not allowed to speak about what’s truly bothering them as a demographic, namely, racial replacement, high rates of non-white crime, illegal immigration, overall cultural decline, and a foreign and hostile elite that is either directing or tolerating all of this.

So then what do whites typically do?

Well, one option is to become a libertarian. If you think of human beings as Homo economus and concern yourself mostly with money, you can address most of your problems. Places like Detroit have become bombed-out ruins not because of race but because of corrupt, spendthrift politicians that line their own pockets, raise taxes, and ignore whatever debt they accrue. These three symptoms become the disease in the minds of libertarians, and they spill gallons of ink and thousands of hours every year attempting to combat them. For the libertarian, everything will be fine as long as people worship the twin gods of free markets and limited government.

Of course, they’re not entirely wrong. Libertarianism wouldn’t be attractive to so many people if it didn’t make sense within its limited framework. Economics is a worthy topic of study, abusing public funds is a bad thing, and limited governments do have their virtues. There is a time and a place to think about money and to view human beings as economic actors. But there is a reason why libertarianism has failed to turn the tide against the Left in the culture wars. Boiling our most dire troubles down to economic factors is quite plainly a specious solution; it betrays a demonstrably flawed perspective on humanity. People are more than just economic actors. Intelligence and temperament, both of which are heritable and measurable along racial lines, have perhaps more to do with our decision making than dollars and cents.

You can buy Spencer Quinn’s novel White Like You here.

Because libertarianism gets at the racial malaise of whites through the intermediary of economics, it offers a less direct — and less effective — cure. Our left-wing cultural elites know this, and while they might find libertarianism somewhat annoying, they tolerate it because they know they can defeat it. This is why white people are allowed to gripe about money. It distracts them from what they should really gripe about.

Another option for whites is conservatism. Tied closely to this is Christianity. Essentially, we are referring to the worship of God and tradition. Some of the main thrusts of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind include the belief in a transcendent moral order, the rejection of utopianism, and the idea that cultures evolve slowly through necessity. Certainly, such a mindset rejects the Left, and can account for much of what is distressing whites these days. To take the aforementioned Detroit example, the city and others like it are in manifest decline because our elites have abandoned God, have become in thrall of utopian schemes, and tend to employ them in radically short order. All of this is true, and if conservative Christians are to be heeded, much of the solution lies in reversing these trends. But in this case, is correlation proof for causation? Couldn’t it also be that the tendency to truly believe in a transcendent order — at least the kind the Russell Kirk describes — is dependent at least somewhat upon race? Couldn’t the same also be said about resisting utopia and radical change? And, perhaps most importantly, couldn’t it be that some races are by their nature less violent than others?

This would help explain why most of the great scientific, political, and philosophical advances throughout history occurred in Europe or its former colonies. Europeans have long ascribed an objective Truth to their God or gods, and have used this to construct ethical worldviews as durable as they are comprehensive. Most non-white civilizations compare poorly in this regard and adopt Western models when given the chance (often imperfectly). So, quite possibly, race may have something to do with the kind of beatific ethos envisioned by Christians and conservatives.

The problem, however, is that conservative Christians do not even entertain such a possibility. They are not allowed to, you see. As a result, they think they will find solutions by retreating into scripture or standing by dying traditions rather than discussing what could very well be the heart of the matter.

What attracts me to the Dissident Right is how it completely dispenses with long, convoluted solutions for problems that are really quite short and direct. When dissident rightists gripe, it’s real and it’s pure. They see the problem clearly and they form a straight line in attacking it. And what is the problem? Whites in the West have lost their nerve, and, as a result, are retreating against the rising tide of color. If this trend isn’t reversed, the result will be oppression and eventually extinction at the hands of their invaders. What I just wrote in the past two sentences drills down to the core of our difficulties better than all the sophistry that libertarians and conservatives commonly resort to. Nothing cuts deeper than race. This is, essentially, the core tenet of the Dissident Right: absolutely true and forbidden to say.

So for those readers who are dissident-curious or dissident-skeptic, doesn’t it offend you that some manner of griping has been placed entirely off the table? Isn’t there something utterly ignoble about that? I fully submit for the sake of argument that Dissident Right ideas may be flawed or incorrect somehow. But with a ban placed on it within mainstream society, how can we prove it? If no one is willing to man up for a debate, how will we ever know for sure?

Most importantly, how can you prefer other modes of resistance to the Left? Libertarians, conservatives, Christians — and, to a lesser extent, civic nationalists, patriots, gun rights activists, and the Manosphere — all have a place where they fear to tread: race. And this fear is not due to any moral scruples as much as it has to do with a fawning respect for the power of our elites. A white person speaks out on race the wrong way, and he can be ruined. Just ask James Watson.

The Dissident Right shares this fear, I’m sure (I know I do). But it remains apart from these other groups because it is also willing to overcome this fear for the sake of something greater: the principles for which it stands. Yes, these principles include, first and foremost, the right for a great people to survive and thrive.

But next on that list is the unalienable right to gripe.


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  1. Dr ExCathedra
    Posted March 27, 2020 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    ” And what is the problem? Whites in the West have lost their nerve, and, as a result, are retreating against the rising tide of color. ”

    Sad beyond words, but absolutely on target.

  2. Alexandra O
    Posted March 27, 2020 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    “Places like Detroit have become bombed-out ruins not because of race, but because of corrupt, spendthrift politicians that line their own pockets, raise taxes and ignore whatever debt they accrue.”

    While this marvelous essay rightly posits occurrence only in the minds of U.S. libertarians, I see it as the very basis of all socialist ranting in this country — blame the elites — and certainly in the entire continent of Africa, about which buckets of tears are cried daily by mind-boggled altruistic whites, for the ‘poor starving children’ — whose vacant, bone-thin black faces appear in missionary ads nightly — and for whom buckets of money get sent to ‘help’. Detroit is just a western cousin of the Congo.

    ‘Black’ has become an underground, never-to-be-spoken euphemism for ‘black holes into which we pour money’ — and ‘black holes’ of course, is used exclusively in the astronomical sense. Two can play at political correctness.

    And I agree totally with the core of the essay: “Whites in the West have lost their nerve, and as a result are retreating against the rising tide of color. If this trend isn’t reversed, the result will be oppression and eventually extinction at the hand of their invaders.”

    “Nothing cuts deeper than race”.

    Step up and carry on.

  3. Posted March 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    There is an existential question each of us must answer: to be, or not to be.

    I threw my lot in with the Cosmotheists at the National Alliance because I choose to answer in the former– and for a purpose for life that goes far beyond my life and personal interests.

    But you can answer as you like.

  4. Posted March 27, 2020 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Professor Revilo Oliver was a conservative and abandoned the position because conservatives wouldn’t acknowledge that race is fundamental.

    Dr. William Pierce often commented that moral timidity was at the center of our predicament. “We value the wrong things.”

  5. Posted March 27, 2020 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Are our reputations among people who hate us and our careers more important than our future as a race?

  6. Adrian
    Posted March 28, 2020 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Very good. I’ll probably do a lot of copying and pasting from this article.

  7. Mike Thomas
    Posted March 28, 2020 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    The first part of this especially resonated with me. Since my early 20’s I found something about white liberals off-putting, and I went looking for alternatives, dabbling in conservatism and libertarianism.

    But I realized that I’m actually liberal to moderate on most issues: I’m not really opposed to certain social welfare policies like universal healthcare, I don’t think abortion should be outlawed, I favor a less hawkish foreign policy, etc.

    The problem is the race and gender stuff. I support treating people fairly, but white liberals take things to a whole different level.

    Most of what I don’t like about the white liberal worldview falls into one of three categories: Blank Slatism, White Guilt, and Minority Worship.

    When talking to friends and family I would have to define these terms, but you all probably know what I mean already.

  8. John Wilkinson
    Posted March 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    The reply function to individual comments seems to be broken.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted March 28, 2020 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Yes. I don’t know how to fix it.

  9. Lars
    Posted March 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    “…to a lesser extent..the Manosphere.”

    For me, it was the manosphere, Chateau Heartiste in pariticular, where I first found hard-core discussions of race, jewish subversion, evolutionary psychology, and White nationalism. Probing man-woman dynamics seemed a natural springboard for race realism. A typical article would elicit several hundred comments, and the threads would remain active for several days. The merest hint of advocating violence was verboten and everyone knew it. Nonetheless, one afternoon as I was preparing to submit a comment, WordPress shut down the site suddenly and with no prior warning to the site proprietor.

  10. Diversity is Doom
    Posted March 29, 2020 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    White people must see a future where race continually becomes THE overriding issue in common relations and public discourse. There is an undercurrent of racial solidarity at this time. Most who would recoil at terms like “White Nationalism” and “Dissident Right” have, at least, an underlying feeling that something is very wrong, that every non-White group is encouraged to play identity politics to the detriment of Whites.

    I believe that Whites will slowly and steadily awaken to the repulsive anti-White narrative propagated by the hostile mainstream media/academia/government complex. However, this will not happen for the masses without conflict and hurt, be it economic, mental anguish or physical discomfort.

    “What attracts me to the Dissident Right is how it completely dispenses with long, convoluted solutions for problems that are really quite short and direct. When dissident rightists gripe, it’s real and it’s pure. They see the problem clearly and they form a straight line in attacking it.”

    I have become convinced that we (Counter-Currents, AmRen et al, and supporters – readers) must pivot to a belief system which succinctly distills the problem to a force to dispense with and destroy forever the Left Anti-White Multicultural Narrative. Whether this involves religion (a reawakening of Christianity) or an agnostic mindset, remains to be seen. At present, the White, Western World has been overwhelmed with the religion of “Be Nice”. This is to our enduring detriment.

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