Remembering Martin RojasGreg Johnson
I was saddened to learn of the death of Martin Rojas, who died on June 24th aged only 29. His cause of death has not yet been determined. Martin was a remarkably productive pro-white writer and activist. He was particularly close to Jared Taylor (who wrote a warm tribute), the Brimelow family, Gregory Hood, and Sam Dickson, all of whom are friends and colleagues of mine.
For me, however, the most remarkable thing about Martin Rojas is that, even though he was only two degrees of separation from me through multiple close associates, I didn’t actually know who he was until he was doxed by antifa in 2021.
Yes, I had corresponded with Chris Roberts at American Renaissance, and I had read his writings, along with those of Gilbert Cavanaugh and Hubert Collins. Yes, I published a number of articles by Hubert Collins at Counter-Currents. Yes, I had published an important three-part article by Benjamin Villaroel at Counter-Currents. Yes, I had published two articles by Nathan Doyle as well. I was also grateful to Chris Roberts and Hubert Collins for sending me important articles that needed to be reprinted online by Samuel Francis and others.
But not until the antifa dox did I realize they were all the same person. Under the heading “Give them Hell,” I wrote to Martin on February 27, 2021 (at his Hubert Collins address):
I heard about your doxing today from Kevin Deanna. Please don’t let it get you down. The doxing article is a discovery for me. A number of small-time writers I have known for years now have been consolidated into a real star. I am impressed by how much you have done for the cause already, even while doing it part time and expending energy juggling different identities. You should now resolve to make them regret what they have done by upping your intensity and giving 110% of your now undivided focus.
All the best,
Frankly, I thought the fact that I did not know Martin was rather cool. It felt like I was part of a serious movement. There were certainly many opportunities for mutual friends to talk about him. But I didn’t need to know, so I wasn’t told. For all the damage done by infiltrators and turncoats, it was nice to see evidence of sound basic operational security practices. For all the enemy’s efforts, it is shocking how little they actually know. But in this case they surprised quite a few insiders.
How, then, was Martin doxed? It was probably a traitor in the Washington, DC movement circles in which Martin moved. A lot of shady, slimy people have come and gone since the vast growth surge of 2015 to 2016. (A rapidly growing movement is a dangerous thing. The only thing worse is a stagnant one.)
Martin Rojas was one of the American movement’s most valuable players, he had been so for years, and I hardly knew him.
Why was he so important? Because this movement is top-heavy with leaders and would-be leaders but lacking in hard-working people who actually get things done. Martin was one of the latter: immensely hard-working and productive. The fact that he used many pen names and never revealed them all to even his closest colleagues indicates that he was not in this for ego gratification, even among his friends. He did not hunger for fame. He did not preen as a leader. He simply kept promises, worked hard, and got things done. We need many more of his type if we are going to win.
Now some of you might be thinking: “A man is dead. Is the best thing you can say about him really that he was a self-effacing worker bee?” Yes, that’s about all I can say about him, because I didn’t really know him. I was planning to rectify that. Martin and I corresponded more in recent months and made plans to meet in October. Now it will never be. The only testimonial I can share about Martin’s more personal qualities is to note the great sadness he left behind among his friends and colleagues.
Martin Rojas is gone, which means that we all must work even harder. But perhaps that really is the best way to honor him.
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Catastrophic loss! I “knew” Chris/Rojas from his amren podcasts with gh and in my mind he had already developed into something like a close friend. His death to me is something like the loss of VOR was.
I had read all the articles under his various pen names as well, but never had any inkling that they were all the same person. I think they doxxed chris simply through inference and dropping too many biographical details. Suffice it to say there appear to be some highly intelligent whites fighting for the destruction of their own race! I think you as editors should have a policy fighting against this by removing or changing biographical details, especially for young or inexperienced writers.
His cause of death? I have an idle curiosity, not malicious in any way. I ts amazing how the consensus at other websites is that it must have been the vaccine. What dopes. I know thousands who have had the vaccine and know of not a single death or disfigurement. If I had to guess the cause of death, suicide or it’s first cousin drug overdose. So what? I don’t see this as any hideous shame. Our side is only human too. All that doxxing and antifa harassment is a lot coming down on a dude.
I do make a policy of removing needless biographical details from articles and even from comments. I think Martin was doxed by a traitor, and once antifa had his identity, they could work backwards to create a case for the identification based on his writings. They never would have put it together without already knowing his identity.
Agree, it’s hard to believe they could be that smart.
Hmm, even if it was some traitor, unless it was a highly placed mole who would have known all of you, they still would have had to connect Chris roberts with all the other pseudonyms, no mean analytical feat. It remains that there must be someone out there scrutinizing our literature at a level none of us do! I was also thinking maybe they use word frequency counting software, like they used to discover the writer of Primary Colors. That would suggest institutional or state involvement.
I am pretty sure that the person in question knew that Martin was employed at Leadership Institute at one point and also wrote under a few pen names at AmRen. Working backwards from that information, one could pretty much generate the dox. Nothing sophisticated would be required.
Say, dr j, would you have hard copies of turner diaries or Hunter by any chance? I would like to obtain these.
You can perform incredible feats of forensic linguistics with freely available software and a reasonable education from the privacy of your own home. No state actors required, although that doesn’t exclude them, either.
It was a real punch in the gut hearing about this. Rest in peace Mr. Rojas.
Nice little tribute Greg. I just finished reading his essay about southern West Virginia. It was an excellent piece. It’s over at VDare. I strongly advise everyone to check it out.
That was one of his best pieces.
His name is Martin Rojas.
His name is Martin Rojas.
His name is Martin Rojas.
His name is Martin Rojas.
Thanks for this, Greg. It encapsulates my own thoughts about Chris more neatly than any other encomium I’ve read about him. And your suspicion he was doxxed by a traitor, perhaps from the 2015-16 era, is a new insight. I’m a fan of, “Left, Right, & White,” & I believe Chris was its co-creator, along with Gregory Hood, & yet (to rephrase what you said) Chris was content playing second fiddle, a modesty – along with his worker-bee ethic & talent – rare in any edgy movement, especially ours, & all the more valuable for that.
Fewer “preening leaders,” & more Chris Roberts are what our movement needs.
Seeing the news of his passing at AmRen, I couldn’t believe it at first, I had to reread the title numerous times until it hit me. Rojas will truly be missed. Apart from his great writing, his podcast Left, Right and White with Gregory Hood has been, and continues to be a great resource, something I would direct new people in the movement to listen to. It has great primers for important thinkers within our movement, but also insightful discussion into left-wing intellectuals and political movements, something that Rojas made a point about trying to understand.
I sent him email not too long ago, but it went unanswered, but considering how busy he was employed at American Renaissance, I don’t blame him for answering my short and plain message.
Alongside sadness at his passing, I’ve felt a lot of disgust at people, particularly commenters at Unz Review speculating about his cause of death, which is unknown at this time.
I can imagine a future work collecting all of his writings under different pen names. Alongside his tireless work for our people, Rojas was apparently also a pagan, part of the Asatru Folk Assembly. I’m sure his ancestors are proud.
Well, for my part I’m more concerned about some form of foul play, I suppose. I can’t help correlating the doxxing and such with this event. I know correlation is not necessarily causation, but then again you never see causation without correlation. Broadly speaking, I’m interested “what are the dangers to our side?”
Nice tribute from Dr. Johnson. I appreciated Rojas’s articles under his pen names “Collins” and “Villaroel”. This really has given me pause (and made me reflect again about something Dr. J. has said about “spending oneself” in lieu of perpetually “saving oneself” for a “right moment” which may never arrive).
The Right is always more ethical than the Left, at every time and place in history (which, disturbingly, may be one reason why we’ve been losing since 1789). Even the Nazis, who imo did indeed commit many terrible crimes, were objectively less evil than the communists. Franco was (much) less evil than the Spanish commies he defeated. Pinochet was morally superior to Allende (let alone Castro or Chavez or the insane Sendero Luminoso), etc.
So you’re correct to wonder about foul play. I put nothing past the evil progressives. I hate to be sordid, but I, too, am curious about cause of death in one so young. It could have been murder, or suicide (I hope not), or perhaps some kind of drug OD (again, I hope not). Or maybe just a freak accident. Young guys without preexisting symptoms don’t just suddenly expire.
I don’t know if there is anything supernatural, but if so, I wish Rojas (and all dedicated to the Good, True and Beautiful) the best in the next world.
It’s natural to wonder, nothing to seize the high ground about. Notice everybody blames who they don’t like: most blame the vaccine, I blame antifa, lol.
Thanks for this.
A sober, moving tribute to a man who cared.
I had the pleasure of corresponding with him. I enjoyed his dry wit. Amazing that all those Hubert Collins and other pen names Rojas used were his. It appears that his leave of absence from Amren was to write that West Virginia article. Amazing to see someone doing actual journalism.
I stumbled on the doxing article and it has a graphic showing just how networked Rojas was. While Nick Fuentes courts catbois and searches for bodily fluids with a blacklight Martin Rojas is doing serious journalism on a poor white community devastated by opiates.
I think you should honor his life by doxing all the people that doxed him.
This is such a great loss to all of us, the (according to him) Southernmost Front.
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