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The Trump Administration Viewed from the Right

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The Trump experiment is over, and the strange journey that the last five years have been is now at an end. There are already lots of assessments being made about the meaning of Trump’s presidency, but most of them are from either liberal or conservative viewpoints. It also needs to be evaluated from the viewpoint of the Dissident Right — those of us such as myself who fall outside what is usually called “Right-wing” in today’s mainstream. And no group had more dramatic ups and downs with Trump than the Dissident Right did.

I imagine my experience with Trump was the same as that of many other people reading this. When he first announced his candidacy in 2015, I was initially dismissive and didn’t even think he’d make it to the primaries. It was when I saw him in the Republican debates that I decided that, first, he was preferable to the other candidates in both parties; and second, that he actually had some good positions, such as on immigration and non-interventionism. I never really put my faith in the guy — I always thought people who hailed him as the “God Emperor” were being naïve — but I could see that he was the least bad option among his many competitors (and “least bad” is all I ever look for when contemplating the American political scene). As his campaign developed, the signs were more and more encouraging — mainly because Trump was free to just talk without having to deliver on anything he was saying.

No one was more flabbergasted than me when Trump actually managed to win, and like many people I allowed myself to become giddily optimistic for a few months after the election. I was proud of the fact that Michigan, where I vote, was one of the states that had dramatically swung over into Trump’s column after having been solidly Democrat for decades, but it confirmed for me that the white working class, which remains Michigan’s backbone despite the weakening of the American auto industry, had finally come to see more or less eye-to-eye with the Dissident Right on many issues. I had suspected this even before the election, but it was nice to see it confirmed in reality.

Perhaps, I thought, as an outsider and maverick, Trump could actually bring about some real change in Washington, especially with the help of genuine populists like Steve Bannon. But those hopes were soon dashed by the bombing of Syria only two and a half months after he took office, which seemed to herald the gradual rolling back of the entire agenda he had campaigned on. By 2018, with Bannon out, Bush leftover John Bolton as Secretary of State, the President himself embroiled in the seemingly endless Russia investigation, and the promised Wall nowhere to be found, it looked like the Swamp had subdued Trump after all.

Still, I never for a moment felt that the support the Dissident Right gave to Trump in 2016 had been a mistake. There was no question that Trump, as poor as his performance was from our perspective, was nevertheless preferable to what we know Hillary would have enacted. (In the run-up to the 2016 election, when people would ask me why I was voting for Trump, I would say, “I know exactly what Hillary will do; I can’t say with any certainty what Trump will do, but he’s at least saying some of the right things.”) And whenever Trump spoke his own mind — which he made sure to do often — he usually stayed on message, even though we always knew that the reality would end up being different from his words. (Remember when he promised to abolish birthright citizenship in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections?) For us, I think the epitaph we can write on the tombstone of his presidency is “It could have been worse.”

I don’t know what Trump really believed while President, and quite honestly I don’t care; it was his words and his actions that mattered, and even if it was all a cynical ploy, his impact on American politics and culture is undeniable. It became a tired cliché, but it was nevertheless true that Trump moved the Overton window further to the right in a way that isn’t likely to be undone anytime soon. Many issues that were virtually nonexistent except at the margins of American political discourse before 2015 are now front and center. Some dislike Trump for his personality and failings, feeling that these contributed to his lack of achievement as President. While this is justified, it’s indisputable that only someone like Trump, who was independently wealthy and already held celebrity status among the white working class, could have made the breakthrough as an outsider that he did. And even if he didn’t succeed in remaking Washington, he nevertheless weakened the Washington Establishment during his tenure. Most importantly, it’s always best when the Washington elite remains so divided and gripped by internal conflicts that it can’t pursue its evil designs on the rest of us, and Trump turned the heat up in Washington beyond where it had been at any time since the Civil War.

We also shouldn’t overlook the fact that Trump was continually embattled with the Washington Establishment, the opposition, the mainstream media, and on many occasions even his own party from the day he took office. It likewise shouldn’t be forgotten that when Trump took office, his party controlled the executive branch, the House, and the Senate, and yet the President still had to fight every step of the way to pursue his agenda — often unsuccessfully. James O’Meara once commented that Trump was in fact a third-party candidate who managed to hijack one of the two major parties. This was true, and many Republicans in the House never lost sight of that, showing that their true loyalties lay with maintaining the Establishment rather than with supporting their erstwhile leader’s agenda.

We can’t ignore the short, spectacular life of the Alt-Right, either. Those of us who had been on the Dissident Right for many years prior, and who understood that the only way to bring America into line with genuinely Rightist principles would be to transform the country from its very foundations on issues such as citizenship, immigration, and capitalism, always saw Trump as merely a stepping stone to something grander and better. And indeed, although this fact has vanished into the mists of prehistory, before the 2016 election “Alt-Right” merely referred to anyone on the Right whose views fell outside those of the Republican Party; even Steve Bannon infamously told Mother Jones in 2016 that Breitbart was “the platform of the Alt-Right,” a statement I imagine he came to regret later. I myself was happy to accept the label at first. And like many, I was naïve enough to think that the Alt-Right could make use of the mainstream media rather than the other way around.

Once they realized that a Trump presidency was a reality, the mainstream media quickly understood that the “Alt-Right,” which was a nebulous phenomenon with no clear leadership or goals, could be used to discredit Trump and populism more generally. Its decentralized nature and lack of an organizational structure were in one sense a strength in that it was more difficult to pin down and target it; but at the same time, anyone ranging from libertarians to outright neo-Nazis could claim the mantle or be designated “Alt-Right” by clever journalists. As such, it was perfect from their perspective as a means of attacking the populist Right as a whole, since they spun the ridiculous narrative that the Alt-Right was somehow vaguely responsible for getting Trump elected. The fact is, of course, that there was never any relationship between what was called the Alt-Right and the Trump administration, but the Alt Right’s media-appointed leaders were hungry for attention that the media was more than happy to provide — and the rest is, regrettably, history.

It might have been possible to develop an alternative movement in late 2016 and 2017 that could have piggybacked on Trump’s success while laying the groundwork for a genuinely innovative form of the American Right more in keeping with genuine Right-wing principles, and yet that could still have appealed to ordinary Americans. It quickly became apparent, however, that those individuals who found themselves thrust into the Alt-Right spotlight lacked the character, maturity, and judgment to make it happen. Being wizards at winning followers for websites, podcasts, and social media was no proper education to prepare them for entering the arena of actual politics. Granted, they were confronting forces far beyond what any marginal group could be expected to compete with; but by adopting tactics that had failed for George Lincoln Rockwell half a century earlier and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with actual Nazis and Klansmen, they played the role of cartoon Nazis that the media had cast them in to a tee. After being led into the trap that was Charlottesville, the Alt-Right’s tombstone was written and Trump was never again able to plausibly deny that he was a white supremacist. We must persist in our efforts, but the fact remains that the Alt-Right’s spectacular and tragically unnecessary failure will continue to hamper us for many years to come.

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The most glorious moment of Trump’s presidency for me, however, remains his refusal to denounce the Alt-Right in the notorious press conference that he held three days after Charlottesville. While it certainly wasn’t the unequivocal defense of White Nationalism that the media has made it out to have been ever since, the fact that he refused to issue the standard denunciations of the Alt-Right that he had doubtless been asked to deliver stands for me as a rare moment of principle for President Trump. In the end, it meant nothing in practical terms, but it’s one of the few clear examples we have that there was something deeper to his presidency than mere egotism. It’s also a sign of how much worse things were to get over the subsequent years that he failed to show the same spirit when dealing with those of his supporters who stormed the Capitol, opting for submissiveness rather than the spirit of defiance that had characterized his campaign and the early days of his term.

Despite our disappointment, we must still acknowledge that President Trump accomplished some goals that deserve our thanks. It must be granted that throughout his tenure, despite the constant accusations of warmongering by his opponents, he didn’t start any new wars. There were a few close calls, of course, particularly with Syria and Iran, but none of America’s enemies called his bluffs despite provocation and things remained at the level of low-intensity conflict. It is certainly true that when it comes to foreign policy, Trump did much more for Israel than he did for America, but he nevertheless made strides toward ending the conflicts he had inherited and never bowed to the pressure to start new ones. As a corollary to this, no Islamist terror attacks occurred within the United States during Trump’s tenure apart from the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, which puts him above both Bush and Obama in that category. (It struck me as odd that Trump didn’t play this up more in his second campaign.)

Additionally, Trump’s strident Euroskepticism forced Europe for the first time since the Second World War to consider pursuing greater independence from NATO and the US and to perhaps even solely pursue its own interests in foreign policy yet again, rather than serving as America’s lapdog on many issues and continuing to rely on the US for defense. It remains to be seen if this trend will persist or reverse now that Trump is gone, but we can hope that more forward-looking European politicians will continue thinking in terms of preparing for a post-American global order.

We should also bear in mind that the Trump administration established good relations with Right-wing populist parties in Europe in a way that would have been unimaginable under any other presidency. The present governments of Hungary and Poland, in particular, enjoyed friendly relations with Washington for the first time and will sorely miss Trump now that Biden has made it clear that he intends to return to a confrontational policy with them. (At the same time, it’s worth noting that some European politicians on the Right I have spoken with said that they preferred a Trump defeat, since they feel that Trump and American politics more generally have become an obsessive distraction for the European Right and that his removal would allow Europeans to focus on their own problems again.)

Domestically, Trump could hardly be considered a success on his signature issue, immigration, although he wasn’t entirely a failure, either. We certainly didn’t get anything like the sort of sweeping and radical changes on immigration that many of us had hoped for in the beginning. Indeed, the Trump administration did not pass a single new piece of immigration-related legislation. By some metrics, in fact, certain types of immigration remained the same or increased during Trump’s tenure. In those currents where it decreased, some of it appears to have occurred as a result of the pandemic rather than due to any political action. And of course, the Wall remains mostly unbuilt and now surely faces cancellation.

At the same time, Trump did fortunately withdraw the US from the United Nations’ ethnomasochistic Global Compact on Migration. He did make limited progress in a few other areas as well, particularly making it more difficult for “refugees” to come to the US and for illegal immigrants to remain there. And he did put a stop to some of the more troubling immigration policies that have emanated from both parties in the past, such as the push for amnesties for illegals, and called a temporary moratorium on visas for “guest workers” in response to the pandemic.

The issue that could be regarded as his second-biggest signature issue was opposing globalization and helping ordinary working Americans; bringing industry back home was a constant theme of his first campaign. In the end, however, Trump remained largely ineffectual in this area. We should thank him for ending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). But the treaty he signed to replace the former, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is only slightly better than its precursor. The other nations which were part of the TPP ended up signing the virtually identical Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which the US has not signed but which it remains eligible to join at any time. In other words, the Trump administration didn’t do much to halt the drumbeat of globalization.

When it comes to the Dissident Right, Trump offered little but empty rhetoric. Despite occasionally talking about establishing controls over Big Tech to prevent their blatant censorship of non-conformist views that challenge the neoliberal narrative, no action was ever taken in this direction. Apart from his Charlottesville press conference, neither did Trump ever take a stand in defense of white advocates, and he often went in the other direction, such as in September, when he promised to declare the “Ku Klux Klan” a terrorist organization (thus opening the door for any Dissident Right groups to be targeted given the lack of an easily identifiable unified KKK organization), calling for Juneteenth to be declared a federal holiday, and promising $500 billion in aid to black communities.

Thus, President Trump achieved modest successes at best, and even those issues on which he won victories can be easily reversed by the Biden administration — and in some cases they are already doing so. But such is the ephemeral nature of politics in a liberal democracy.

On the plus side, the Republican Party now finds itself in its direst predicament since the 1940s, if not before, as a result of Trumpism taking root within it. The conflict between populists and neoliberals within its ranks, which now threatens to come to a head as a result of Trump’s second impeachment, may very well end the party for good, or at least result in a split — either outcome of which might perhaps open the door for a more genuinely Right-wing party to fill the void it will leave behind. Only time will tell, but if it happens, it will be a parting gift from Trump to have achieved what once seemed impossible, back when the Republican Party was nothing more than the party of multiculturalism and globalism plus Jesus and low taxes.

President Trump’s most important contribution is that he lit the flame that genuinely started the fire of Right-wing populism in America after previous attempts such as Pat Buchanan’s campaigns and the Tea Party (yech) had guttered out without raising the temperature in Washington by even a degree. Whether that flame can continue burning now that he’s gone remains to be seen, but we can still hope that it was the start of a trend rather than a temporary deviation. If American populism is to survive, it will clearly stand on the Right; the Left has already amply demonstrated in its underhanded suppression of more populist Democratic candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard that they will not tolerate the rise of any form of Leftism that doesn’t conform to the Washington Elite’s expectations.

Now, Unpresident Biden and the entire Democratic Party apparatus, emboldened by their largely successful efforts to discredit the Right as a whole by blaming it in its entirety for the Capitol occupation, believe themselves to be in a place where they can reshape American politics according to their own agenda without any regard for the other side whatsoever. As they’ve done continuously since the 2016 election, the Democrats always choose to double down on their extremist rhetoric rather than doing any soul-searching about how they might have contributed to bringing the situation about, nor about how they might be able to seek some sort of compromise with the other side. They are too self-righteous to be capable of critical reflection.

The Capitol “coup,” harebrained as it was, certainly does not even begin to compare to the Democrats’ — and some Republicans’ — efforts to undermine the Trump administration and the will of the American electorate at every turn over the past four years, which to my mind much more accurately fits the definition of a coup. It will be the task of the Dissident Right — and hopefully the Right more generally, if they have the stones — to do to the Left exactly what they have been doing to us by throwing endless obstacles in their path, denying their legitimacy, and constantly calling them to account for their injustices and excesses at every possible opportunity.

The Democrats are not as strong as they believe. Even most liberals only supported Biden grudgingly and purely out of expediency. Unpresident Biden is America’s Brezhnev — his health and stamina failing, he is merely an old Establishment tool who has been resurrected in an attempt to prop up an order that everyone knows is on its last legs. A telling video from the inauguration shows Biden passing a contingent of Marines on guard duty, who any sitting president is supposed to salute, being the Commander-in-Chief. Biden just shambles past them without a gesture, oddly mumbling “salute the Marines” under his facemask. The quite plausible theory that has been making the rounds is that Biden was being instructed on what to say and do through an earpiece, and that he mistakenly repeated an instruction to salute the Marines rather than actually doing it. This seems a good metaphor for his entire administration. (If you’re wondering who is on the other end of Biden’s earpiece, it might perhaps be one of the many Jews with whom he has packed his cabinet — such a number that makes Trump’s pandering to the Jewish lobby seem tame in comparison. What happened to diversity? Does the White House need affirmative action for whites nowadays?)

Like the late Soviet Union, however, Washington Inc. will project images of power in order to conceal the reality of their order’s decrepitude. That is surely the motive behind the deployment of 26,000 soldiers to Washington, DC — more than the number currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined — in response to the supposed Right-wing “threat.” It isn’t about security, it is a show of force to prove to America that they are back and that they intend to keep Washington and propagate their policies by any means necessary. Further, I predict that the US will engage in some significant military action within the next year to make a similar show of force on the world stage, flexing its muscles to prove that America intends to resume its role as the world’s policeman.

Starting from before the inauguration, the Left has been making their intention to declare war on anything authentically white or Rightist clear. But while it was very easy for the Establishment to muzzle the few thousand adherents of the Alt-Right, it will be much more difficult for them to silence the 75 million Americans who voted for Trump — in many cases not because they loved Trump but simply because they wanted to prevent the return of the ruling clique that had been governing our country entirely unopposed for decades before Trump’s rise.

In the final analysis, the most important lesson to be taken away from the Trump administration is that the last five years were never about Trump himself. American populism didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him. Samuel Francis was already predicting the rise of a populist figure like Trump in the 1990s, even heralding a “revolution from the Right” in a way that seems extremely prescient today. What the Capitol occupation showed is that the populist current has grown beyond Trump’s ability to channel and contain it. As a result — maybe — we have an opportunity to transcend him and construct something real out of the movement he energized, and do it better.

The real news of the last few months was the fact that 11 million more Americans voted for Trump in 2020 over 2016, despite the ongoing demographic changes and despite all of his flaws and failures. There is nothing that more aptly proves that it wasn’t all merely about him than this. American populism isn’t dead. White America isn’t dead. That’s why I didn’t use a photo of Trump himself to illustrate this post, but rather one of his supporters — ordinary Americans, who were the real motor behind these changes in the political landscape.

I can’t say at present what will come next for the Dissident Right. I’m not sure who will, or even could, emerge to form the leadership of a post-Trump populist movement. Perhaps those who follow the American political scene more closely than I do might have an inkling of who is waiting in the wings that might be qualified to take charge. One thing that is certain is that these new leaders must be completely disconnected in every public way from the fiasco that was the Alt-Right. That brand is dead. But hopefully what is best in the Dissident Rightist milieu can still inform whatever follows in our, and Trump’s, footsteps.

With Trump’s wings clipped, ordinary white Americans are looking for a leader. Here’s hoping they can finally get the one they deserve.

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50 Comments

  1. Voryn
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    Excellent summation as always from Mr. Morgan

  2. Weave
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    Democrats soul search?? Yes, let’s hold our breath.

    What I see now is that Trump was literally one man against thousands including his own dickless VP, the Supreme Court, and in the end even the cops. And the noise was turned up in his face at a decibel previously unheard, ever. God bless DJT and all those who were kept safe for just a few more years.

  3. Bruno Bucciaratti
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    >>>Trump moved the Overton window further to the right in a way that isn’t likely to be undone anytime soon.<<<

    I’d argue the opposite. Trump’s failures were so massive that the Left’s agenda has been accelerated tremendously.

    • Broseph
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      “Trump’s failures…”
      Trump forced the left to lay all their cards on the table and show their hand, but that hand was unbeatable. We never had a prayer

      • Bruno Bucciaratti
        Posted January 26, 2021 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

        I don’t necessarily disagree re: the unbeatable hand, but that doesn’t change whatever cards Trump held in his own palm were played horribly, and in a way that Whites will suffer for for decades to come.

        • Broseph
          Posted January 27, 2021 at 3:23 am | Permalink

          I don’t necessarily agree that Trump played his cards poorly. A general whose colonels are all saboteurs will lose every battle no matter what.

          I said in 2015 when Trump announced, that if he really wanted to save America he should have gone into the cable providing business and change the culture there

  4. Jeffrey A Freeman
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    I’d argue there was no transfer of power in 2016, that Trump was denied the surveillance powers of the state and that they were used against him relentlessly. Trump was allowed to occupy the WH because he won and because he could be used as a discreetly baited trap against us. The Dems never left power, never lost it, only consolidated it.

  5. Anthony Kimball
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    It’s been said before but it bears repeating here: there’s no longer a political solution (not that there likely EVER was) to this problem. Ain’t no way we of the Dissident Right are going to vote our way out of this mess. The sooner everybody in this movement realizes that, the sooner we can all start seriously considering and implementing alternative means to our eventual victory.

    • John Morgan
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      What are the alternative means?

      • SecretSocrates
        Posted January 26, 2021 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        Federal law enforcement troll alert! Ha ha!

    • Vauquelin
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      The alternative means are: the entire liberal shitshow collapses under its own failures and unsustainability, with perhaps a nudge from our burgeoning Communist brethren, and all preconceived notions of false morality and established politics go out the window. This is literally the only shot the dissident right has. It will be a brief shot, when the liberal order has fallen and Communist rule is at our door, and the dissident right will have to be shipshape to make use of the opportunity to save the Republic.

  6. Berk
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    People were sacked from their jobs for publically supporting Trump while he was President, and he did nothing!
    Trump used “patriots” for storming the Capitol, then released *several* speeches calling them terrorists!
    If there is still any 5D chess move of Trump’s to reverse the electoral fraud leave it for him, it is very dangerous for American WN now that the security state has a new excuse to label them as terrorists!

  7. Nemesis
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Very good and balanced review, thank you. As to “I can’t say at present what will come next for the Dissident Right”, my two cents worth: our next job is to reach out and convince those seventy million plus (mostly White) now red-pilled Trump voters, that future elections will always be rigged, that it is impossible to reach unity or reconciliation with the left, ant that the only option left is secession –Texas would be a good start.

    • Afterthought
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Agree

  8. SecretSocrates
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    We should avoid contemporary politics. Our goals are lofty and eternal. Stooping to a political expression or paradigm reduces the potency and purity of the ideals – and make them vulnerable to the forces of deception and distortion. What are our core ideals and how do they preserve our genetic inheritance?

    • John Morgan
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      What are our goals? As history shows, passivity seldom accomplishes much. If you want to live on a self-sustaining farm away from civilization and homeschool your kids, that’s great, go and do that. If you want to live as a monk in a cave, fine, go and do that. (Although I think believing that these choices will protect you from the onslaught of postmodernity may prove to be naive, considering that humanity is currently facing transformation on a scale unknown in human history.) But I’ve never understood the hostility that people who preach this message have for those of us who choose to remain engaged in some manner, most especially their need to constantly express such criticisms publicly (usually on social media, in an act of supreme irony). There’s no reason why remaining engaged with the political world in some way precludes other forms of engagement as well. But even if you don’t agree, what is the problem that some people are pursuing other courses of action? Does it hamper your efforts to pursue lofty and eternal goals that there are people doing other things besides what you’re doing?

      • SecretSocrates
        Posted January 26, 2021 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

        No hostility brother. None at all. I did home school my five children. I do not live in a city. I live my values by working hard, self-reliance, imagination, and dignity and, of course, strength. The MAGA nation is a reaction to leftists and communists. But it is not a self-originating movement. Since it is only a reactionary movement – it has no sustainable future. The future needs to be something like William Luther Pierce’s Cosmotheism.

        • John Morgan
          Posted February 2, 2021 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

          Okay, thanks for clarifying, no hard feelings. I agree that MAGA is totally inadequate for what needs to be done in the US, but it’s still the only game in town. The hope is that it can become something better once it stops being merely a Trump personality cult. That may be a false hope but only time will tell. Living independently is great but the track record of non-conformists being left alone by the feds isn’t good. Also, I don’t know that a Cosmotheist future would look like.

  9. SecretSocrates
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Prediction: US deep state and Iranians conspire to assassinate Trump. Iranians avenge Soleimami and deep state eliminates Trump threat. The assassination is then the pretext for a war that helps both regimes and solves the deep state’s Trump problem. I hope this never happens because I respect Trump and detest the deep state and foreign wars. The left and neoconservatives would be overjoyed. But it is certainly not outside the realm of possibility.

  10. Peter Quint
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Like I said two or three years ago, “Trump is too little, too late!” Trump should have came to power before WWI to really have made a difference. I, too was skeptical, and pessimistic when I first heard about Trump running for president, but he won, and I warmed up to him over time, especially since he was under constant attack from day-1, which aroused my sympathies. It is like receiving a slap in the face, after your hopes start to rise–the bad just keeps pushing out the good.

  11. J. K.
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    “… the Republican Party … the party of multiculturalism and globalism plus Jesus and low taxes.

    So apt–I’ll be using this.

    • Vauquelin
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Make that Jesús.

  12. kolokol
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Interesting article by John Morgan, in which he summarizes the last five years of nationalism, populism and the effect of Donald Trump on our politics.

    However, the author misses the most important thing – Trump is a jew, by ideology and family ties. He let Jared Kushner (an Israeli agent) to set foreign and domestic policy. He governed mostly for the benefit of jews, not Whites.

    Trump was conning Whites, to get our votes. It worked in 2016, because there was no alternative. In 2020, he didn’t even bother to appeal for our votes. Otherwise, he would have won by such a large margin, that he would have overcome the unusually massive cheating by the Democratic Party, with its mail-in ballots.

    Pretender Biden is the same, only worse. He has no legitimacy. He is the senile front-man for his communist handlers. Now expect America now to go full jew-tyranny.

  13. NND
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Trump never was on our side. He was just a player who used a pseudorightwing populist discourse in order to be elected. Once in the White House he didnt fulfill one of his electoral promises. Not a single one. Keep that in mind.

    Obviously he was a lesser evil, compared to The Cunt, but he wasnt, he isnt and never will be on our side.

    Like another comment said: “we are not voting our way out this”. Write that in the stone of your brain.

    • Reality Check
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      Fact

  14. SRP
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    A good article. Who indeed is waiting in the wings?

    As for Rockwell: his provocative public strategy actually did achieve its intended purpose: he is remembered. Rockwell himself said that his “regalia” tactics were a transient phase. They served the larger purpose.

    He was the best (postwar) communicator we have had so far, in speech, and in text. He gave us a valuable ideological legacy for our use today. He truly walked the walk, and gave his all. As did Pierce and too few others. Who indeed?

  15. Tony
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Trump was never meant to be the cure. His presidency was a symptom of a disease which now appears to be in its terminal phase.

    I’d say his tenure in the Oval Office was an unalloyed disaster for us. He couldn’t have discredited and humiliated us any more if he had actually been a deep cover agent for the other side.

    No wall. No deportation. No repeal of Obamacare. Bombing and assassinating. Relentlessly pandering to Negroes while turning his back on the people who put him in office. Complete fealty to Israel. Allowing the 2020 election to be rigged and stolen in broad daylight right in front of our eyes and then assembling the world’s most laughably inept legal team to contest its result. Veering wildly from one policy position to its exact opposite, sometimes in the same day. Putting reptiles like Jared Kushner and Bill Barr in his inner circle while tossing Steve Bannon and Mike Pence aside.

    Stupid, stupid.

    I watched in semi-amused horror as Trump spent his final week in office in an orgy of erratic self-immolation and blustering buffoonery. He completely discredited our cause and spent every nickel of capital we may have had. You wont see many MAGA hats from now on.

    The S.S. Trump took a torpedo, but we are the ones who went down with the ship.

    • John Morgan
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      If you really believe that, why even bother commenting at Counter-Currents? It’s over.

      • Tony
        Posted January 26, 2021 at 10:54 am | Permalink

        I can’t comment unless I believe what you believe?

        Don’t ever bitch about cancel culture and deplatforming. The exact same impulse evidently resides within you.

        • John Morgan
          Posted January 26, 2021 at 11:59 am | Permalink

          I wasn’t taking issue with you commenting. My point was that if Trump has “completely discredited our cause and spent every nickel of capital we may have had” and that “we are the ones who went down with the ship,” then what’s the point of trying to do anything now? That’s a pretty dark assessment. Your other criticisms are justified, but as I wrote in my article, Trump got the ball rolling but he accomplished little else. Still, he did do that, and what happens next remains to be seen. It’s too early to say that it’s over, though.

          • Tony
            Posted January 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

            John, my last comment was a tad caustic. For that I apologize.

            It is over. For now and most likely for a long time. Those predicting a civil war couldn’t be more blind. A civil war has been fought in the US since the mid-60’s at least, but only one side has been fighting. But make no mistake, the left has been fighting tooth and nail, relentlessly, to take complete control of this country. They played the long game, adhered to no rules other than the possession of victory, and never ever took their eyes off the prize. Give credit where credit is due. While we insisted on “letting the system work”, while we adhered to ephemeral things like rules and laws and standards and ideals, the left captured everything. Academia. The judiciary. Our culture. The military. The media and press. Hollywood. Broadway. Publishing. Music. Law enforcement and intelligence services. Advertising. Social media and the entire internet. Banking and investment. Our mechanisms of voting.
            Everything. They swept the table while we paid our taxes and tended our lawns and 401k’s. You can’t name one thing conservatives have conserved. I can’t either.
            So. Here we are. The globalist left is in firm control of everything that matters. The Nazis with their pitiful Reichstag blaze and Kristallnacht couldn’t dream of exerting the degree of control and surveillance that our current overlords possess.
            Orwell’s 1984 is in place. Read it again if you don’t believe me. Now Brave New World will be fully enacted. A subdued and pacified populace will be anesthetized with universal healthcare, universal basic income, free housing, free college, and endless seasons of Kardashian programming. Resist, and be overwhelmed. Resist and be divorced from the ability to travel or even leave your state. Maybe your urban zone. Resist and be divorced from your ability to access the banking system. Resist and be divorced from your ability to enroll your children in school or purchase gasoline.
            But…succumb, effortlessly, to the seductive entreaties of the state, and the world is yours. How many among us, with wives, children, careers, and manicured lawns, have the will to resist? And for how long?
            I hate to think it’s game over forever. It’s probably not. The pendulum always swings back the other way, and people in power inevitably overplay their hand. But for the foreseeable future, maybe decades, the left has won.
            Give credit where credit is due.

            • Old Enough
              Posted January 29, 2021 at 4:50 am | Permalink

              I think you’ve said everything that is true — everything — and said it brilliantly. Your comment is a ‘keeper’, and I’m adding to an archive I keep of comments that have inspired or enlightened me in some way. It matters not how pessimistic the comment. All I ever wanted to find on the wild world wide web is the TRUTH. And I thank you for telling it, Tony, before the lights go out.

            • SRP
              Posted January 30, 2021 at 6:45 am | Permalink

              I second that. Too few people on the Right see the full scope of the Big Picture as this commenter has. Unfortunately those who do see the full scope tend to be the most pessimistic.

              So as our societal pain increases to the unbearable, we must remind ourselves that it is that very pain which will, finally, compel our people to follow us on the path to the Brighter Day.

              • Lord Shang
                Posted February 2, 2021 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

                Utter nonsense. Total divorce from reality. The Right just needs to fight. It never does. It’s too comfortable. What matters are objective conditions. They predetermine the Right’s permanent potential. But it requires actual, you know, work. The Left rules in part via the old Caesarist Diviso et Imperio, but also due to the Right’s apathy. The Right could still win, and in many different ways. But it requires hard community organizing work; intelligence; and patience. And it’s in a race against time, due to the Overclass-supported foreign invasion. But we still have the option of relocating en masse to a few viable contiguous areas; metapolitically educating and racially organizing; organizing politically on the state level; and then preparing to declare sovereign independence when the system begins its inevitable collapse.

                Blackpilling is a form of cowardice, an excuse for inaction.

            • John Morgan
              Posted February 2, 2021 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

              I don’t disagree with what you say — most especially since I split from the American program more than a decade ago now by leaving. But if that’s what you believe, then you have two choices: continue to resist in spite of the odds against you, or give up. Some of us choose the former. The latter is a perfectly valid option but I don’t know what it gets you.

  16. Memebro
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    “ but the Alt Right’s media-appointed leaders were hungry for attention that the media was more than happy to provide — and the rest is, regrettably, history.”

    You know what else is history? A good burger with melted Swiss, roasted mushrooms, and caramelized onions. That is hot stuff that you can get at a number of places:

    • John Morgan
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      As Santanaya said, those who don’t know where to find good burgers are doomed to repeatedly go to White Castle forever.

  17. MAGA Eyed
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    It may be useful to distinguish between Trump’s personal agenda and the agenda of those who were in charge of his campaign and administration.

    I’m sure Trump wanted to build a wall, disarm North Korea, cut the ribbons at thousands of new factory openings in Ohio, and give himself the Nobel Peace Prize.

    But Trump, the man, the politician, didn’t seem to have much knowledge or understanding of policy. He seemed to see his job as setting a “tone” telling people what to do in broad strokes – “get me a plan for a wall” – and then they would go do these things, then he would give a speech about how “America won.”

    This is perhaps why Donald Trump’s crowning achievement in the private sector was playing the role of a CEO on a television show as opposed to his various construction businesses, which routinely failed.

    Personnel is policy. The people Trump hired likely told him to stop worrying so much about a wall or immigration and instead focus on this other thing – he could still give a speech about how “America is winning and being great again.”

    So that is what Trump did. While the personnel set the agenda and did things, Trump went on TV to talk about how he was winning.

  18. dalai_lama_trapeze
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Trump is reportedly going to spend millions to run populist candidates in Republican primaries. This could be a mixed blessing. So long as he doesn’t run for president again, or his son, or somebody close to him, I suppose our side could use the money. Take the Trump money, but find new leaders. Leaders who will embrace and carry forward the idea of Secession.

    And I don’t see why some of those leaders shouldn’t come from the Alt-Right. We shouldn’t disown anybody on our side. Except for Trump, to be kept at arm’s length. As for his 75 million voters, we need to reach-out to them someway, somehow, while they are there for the taking. How this should be done, I don’t know.

    However, I believe our true brothers ‘n’ sisters are to be found in Antifa. Call them degenerate, but we are all degenerates. We just have fewer illusions. Let them learn that BLM is not their friend, let them be betrayed by their Jewish handlers these next few years. Let them realize, at long last, that they have done nothing to oppose the globalist-capitalist order. And then they too shall swell our ranks. And they at least have the gumption to fight.

    • John Morgan
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      I agree that it’s best that Trump himself stays out of politics from now on (he won’t have any choice once he’s impeached, anyway), but if he wants to aid populism in other ways, that could be good, although I imagine it will be difficult for him to play second fiddle to someone else if another figure ends up becoming the face of American populism, and that could end badly. We’ll just have to see.

      At this point, anyone who has been publicly identified with the Alt-Right is too toxic to compete in the political mainstream. The mainstream media will make mincemeat of anyone who tries, and most voters would be convinced whoever it was is a Nazi who killed Heather Heyer no matter what he says or does. Besides which I imagine that at least some of those who have had legal problems related to their Alt-Right careers are federal agents by now.

      I’m sorry, but I think believing that there is any possibility of cooperation between any branch of the Right and Antifa is callow in the extreme. Even if you can find some points of convergence between their views and ours, the fact remains that they will never consider cooperating with people who stand for white people’s interests and who oppose the demographic transformation of the West. There are other issues as well but that point alone makes it a non-starter.

      • dalai_lama_trapeze
        Posted January 26, 2021 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

        I didn’t say “cooperate” with Antifa. I believe it likely, rather, that the Left will violently disintegrate these next few years. Once they break away, many radical elements will migrate to us.

        Wishful thinking? Perhaps. But I don’t view the average Antifa as all that different from me. He might be misguided, but he’s still white and declasse.

      • Captain John Charity Spring MA
        Posted January 26, 2021 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

        Trump will sabotage anyone on the right that does good stuff. That’s all he does.

  19. the_stranger
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    President Trump did not measure up and now it is time to throw this pretender under the bus while waiting for an unknown face in the crowd whom we just know is out there somewhere. Someone with iron will who’ll set things right and serve reckoning to enemies both at home and abroad.
    Could it be such an individual is of the past and does not exist in the modern age? Or was Trump with his multiple triumphs coupled with missteps have been the one? The left and Conservative Inc. believed so hence four years of pure hatred with lawless attempts at undermining his administration.
    If so, it is highly doubtful we’ll get a second chance and abnormal is now the normal.

  20. Nemesis
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    To follow up on my previous comment, I just saw this: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/texit-texas-rep-introduces-bill-let-residents-vote-seceding-us/.
    I think that all White Nationalists living in Texas should join this Texas Nationalist Movement!

    • Vauquelin
      Posted January 26, 2021 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      I’d hate to see America divided through secession. The country is the birthright of whites. Walking away is almost a concession to the enemy, and the forces conspiring to achieve the atomization of the West don’t deserve a speck of dirt.

  21. William F. Bhakti
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Good article, Mr. Morgan. I like you insights.

  22. Francis XB
    Posted January 27, 2021 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Unpresident Biden

    I like that one!

    It would make a great viral meme, with appropriate graphic support. The meme would be an accelerator for the continual questioning of the legitimacy of the current Regime.

  23. James Lawrence
    Posted January 28, 2021 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    If the angry populist masses are to find a new leader after Trump, then they should specify three conditions for following him:

    1) That he has at least three times more power than Trump did, and at least ten times more intelligence, ruthlessness, and understanding of government;

    2) That he has a real plan, not only to gain office, but to turn his office into power (which will mean abolishing the bureaucratic, media, academic, and activist structures of the state that presently hold this power);

    3) That he has a network of loyal supporters in the police and/or military who can back up his plan in the event that the state chooses to fight it;

    And should any two of these conditions go unfulfilled, they should dismiss him summarily as either a) a con-artist trying to grift his way into office by promising what he can’t deliver; or b) a Don Quixote-type larper deranged by his literal belief in democratic mythology. (Probably the truth will lie somewhere in between.)

    Personal good or bad faith is not the crucial issue here. Yes – Trump is self-interested, dishonourable, connected to all sorts of shady people, and habitually callous towards his supporters (as we see every time he stirs them up only to disavow them). But these traits are inseperable from the class position, political allegiances and celebrity status that allowed him to get as far as he did. It was certainly in his self-interest to keep his populist promises, and the fact that he chose to bluster and court the usual pre-favoured groups just goes to show how much resistance he encountered.

    You want to believe that Trump was the beginning, but in truth he was the peak. In the future we will hear a lot of his nationalist rhetoric from the con-party, but no-one who has watched him crash down in flames while dragging down anyone who got too close to him will dare to act on it sincerely. And when we turn to the Alt-Right – which, according to its own ideology, ought to be a populist leadership-in-waiting – we find a disgusting shitshow of delusional clowns, who (as you said) know only how to drum up a wide and shallow audience by larping as Nazis in public.

    Again, this is conditioned by political reality. Ruthless, talented political strivers gravitate to progressivism, because that is where the power is. White people who just want to survive are also best advised to be progressives, or milquetoast establishment conservatives who never get on the wrong side of power. Sincere, radical conservatism is for time-wasters, grifters, delusionals, and a small minority of long-suffering principled thinkers. It is like a martial art that doesn’t work in a real fight, and thus naturally degenerates into an effeminate stylised dance, as well as an opportunity for con-artist teachers and fantasist students to get what they want from each other.

    The best use for post-Trump discontent, and the only one that is within our power, is to organise a mass withdrawal from democratic politics. The last four years have shown us that we cannot hope to take power by voting, or activism, or any other ritual of the democratic religion. This being the case, our insistence on supporting kabuki reactionaries is causing us active harm. It legitimises the democratic regime; it perpetuates an inner-outer party system in which counter-revolutionaries are always kept at arm’s length from power; and it creates a demand on the part of the state for a permanent mobilisation of leftist votebanks, including the foreign immigrants and empowered wimmin who are contributing so much to white demographic decline.

  24. Posted January 30, 2021 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    The first time I heard of Trump running for president I was ,with a football friend , buying avocados ..He was lecturing about the virtues of free trade and avocados, he implied that Trump was anti/freetrade. I laughed about Trump I didnt see a guy selling women shoeson tv running for Potus…It was another prank…I went back to teh price of avocados almost $2a piece.ce..I told my friend that actually NAFTA gave Mexico exclusive acces to the NAmerican markets in avocados…and that they would be cheaper IF other countries (Thailand, Guatemala, CRica) could export avcados..Never the less I though Trump was a comic prank,and then he WON!!!!. I appaluded his efforts to review NAFTA, TPP, NATO, his stance on China, and MAGA domestic/foreign approach. I was called racist for supporting his new policies…I found that accusation so absurd…I often asked if anyone had taken the time to see the total collapse of the American Middle Class…Cities like Detroit, Compton, Baltimore, Chicago had become much worse than Beirut, Haity…Trump made us energy independence, record employment, reversing the trade gap, 90%lower illegal immigration omg not seen since 1920s, higher LEGAL immigration, three peace deals with Israel+arab countries Camp David pales in comparison…then came the WHITE supremacist (fictional) narrative.. so illogical. Whites were 90% of the USA population down to 60% and decreasing, whites/non jews in elite uiniversities down to about 30%, white males have the highest rate of suicides, drug addictions, OD deaths, lowest birthrates, the USA deplorables that settled the West fought Spain, WWI, deafeated Hitler and liberated Europe, Japan , and ultimatly..defeated Communism,,(taking root in America!!!). These are the MSM white supremacists!!! doing most of the paying$$ and dying in the MEasts wars.. please…you are a MAGA racist for honoring your flag, your/OUR heritage, speaking English and honoring the American Constitution thats racists???…if you thonk so GO TO MEXICO and display your american flag (illegal) and you will see/feel cultural supremacy kicking you in the face…!!!…The GOP is DEAD…TRUMP will become a hated historical figure, there is no chances for a MAGA PARTY…with DEMRINOS..in power…BUT the root causes of the TRUMP MAGA movement will remain and unless they find a legitimate political outlet…these forces (multiracial) nationalists will burst and mushroom into a furious earthquake like wave. I am too old to fear that coming dark winter/ages for America but I am so sorry formy children, grand children…they will NOT enjoy the freedoms, economic prosperity that I enjoyed more than a half/century …growing up in the suburbs with in a blue collar(union) home. Thanksgiving turkey, family christmas, getting my first car, etc. NO more Camelots…now is ORWELLIAN BIG TECH ONE PARTY DEEP BLUE STATE…

    • Tank88
      Posted January 31, 2021 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      “deafeated Hitler and liberated Europe, Japan , and ultimatly..defeated Communism”

      Ok patriotard.

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