The White Nationalist Roots of Trump
One of the more aggressive & virulent strands of the crypto-fascist Alternative Right (Alt-Right) that surrounds the Trump transition team is the racist ‘The Daily Shoah” (Shoah is Hebrew for the Holocaust). This is just one of the many white-nationalist voices one finds in their blog in support of Trumpism:
“Lets remember that we have 4 years to advance and build a pro-white movement (preferably, a Fascist movement) because after these 4 years the (((system))) and the Left will punish white people without any shred of mercy. A sense of urgency must permeate everything. Morals and ethics must be written up. A cohesive worldview must be constructed (preferably, based on Fascism.) Real life activism must take place (with Trump in office we can assume he will be more “lenient” towards demonstrations, etc). The Alt Right has potential but if this potential defaults to ANY type of “conservativism” (Paleo or otherwise), Libertarian philosophy, etc it will fail. Look at what white people did in this election. White people threw their entire weight behind Trump and white people got him elected, period. Imagine a few white fanatics started a real life movement, a culture, a new ideal, something real, and white people got behind it. Imagine what can be accomplished. We need to make white people moral, ethical, courageous, and brave again while Trump handles America. No defeatism is allowed, at all. It was a great joy to see millions and millions of our white brothers and sisters across the US come together acting as one race, proving that if white people wanted to solve ALL of our problems, we could do so.”
This ethno-nationalism is just one of the several strands of 21st century fascism to be found in the USA that is growing rapidly in cyber-space but more significantly finding resonance within the wider Trump movement.
The establishment sounding National Policy Institute (NPI) has mobilized a number of neo-fascist groups that are associated with the modern messages of their hyper-nationalism-“falsehood, fear and fraud” fueled by shock-jock radio and Fox.
The NPI defines themselves explicitly as “ an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world”. Since the Trump victory there is a confidence and arrogance that characterizes these new socio-political organizations. Here is one of their contributors( and there are many , many more)
“We won Brexit. We killed the Bush Dynasty.We killed the Clinton Dynasty. We got Trump elected, despite being outspent, despite being outnumbered, despite the full weight of the entire establishment, left and right. White nationalism is now everywhere, and starting to become accepted amongst whites. We have done more in a few years than the entire conservative establishment did in generations, and we did it without the PACs, the NGOs, the think tanks and the money. Young rightists will look to us for inspiration, because unlike the arthritic brain dead conservative establishment, we fight, we win and our foes actually fear us”.
What they are seeing post-Trump is “the absence of moral restraint” encouraged by his outrageous campaign utterances. They sense that the door has been opened to allow a new freedom to ridicule, denigrate and oppress minorities, Greens, Gays and indeed the entire liberal cultural community. “Make America Great Again” is a slogan that is interpreted as Make America White Again while “Lock Her Up” represents the cry of misogyny threatening all liberated progressive women.
Yet there is beyond the several strands of bitter anger and resentment: the ethic nationalism, sexism, the fury vented at the alien others including the liberal intelligentsia there is the core unifying feature of this new fascism –the attack on ALL forms of liberalism. Not simply social liberalism but anti -global economic liberalism: “a strong nation is represented by strong barriers.” (Alt-Right)
We hear it in Brexit as we see it in Trumpism. (The US Alt-Right finds echoes of support in elements of Brexit mainly in the “intellectual” crypto –fascists of the quaintly named “Traditionalist Britain Group” headed up by a hereditary Lord with echoes of Oswald Moseley with the slogan “all men are created unequal”.
Yet we have been warned of this Trumpism and his fascist fan club and warned for a very long time. One of the better voices on the left Richard Rorty in his book, “Achieving Our Country,” promoted a pragmatic progressive socialism over what he regarded as the cultural socialism of post-structuralists like Foucault. Listen to the clarity of his words and realize we had been warned:
“The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for—someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots. A scenario like that of Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here may then be played out. For once a strongman takes office, nobody can predict what will happen. In 1932, most of the predictions made about what would happen if Hindenburg named Hitler chancellor were wildly overoptimistic. One thing that is very likely to happen is that the gains made in the past forty years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion. The words “nigger” and “kike” will once again be heard in the workplace. All the sadism which the academic Left has tried to make unacceptable to its students will come flooding back. All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet”.