Since starting this blog I’ve sensed that there are two types of readers – those in my personal circles/stumblers from Google and readers of the blogosphere/bloggers. Since it has taken most in the ‘blogosphere’ or in alternative media in general a substantial commitment in time, effort and personal development to arrive at their points of view, I’ve put together a brief background of some of my influences for the ‘uninitiated’. Or have a look at my Blogroll.
I’ll start with Paleolibertarianism. I was given a copy of Ron Paul: The Revolution in 2008, and it set me up at an ardent believer for a number of years. Now I find myself mostly reading Taki’s Magazine, with an occasional visit to LewRockwell.com. LewRockwell/Ron Paul/Tea Party libertarians mostly see themselves as trying to ‘get back’ to the traditions and values of the founding fathers – of Lockean liberalism and ‘rugged individualism’. It has found some traction in the younger generation – especially amongst tech users such as programmers and early adopters of Bitcoin. Ron Paul is undoubtedly sincere and has inspired millions in the cause of liberty. His success in Washington however, was always going to be limited. Redistribution is the bread and butter of garnering votes and catering to special interests. Growth of the state won’t be stopped from within.
The acceptance of this had led to a few off-shoots that focus on the economic crisis of the West and propose that expatriation is the answer. Among these proponents is famous investor Doug Casey, who runs Casey research. Jeff Berwick at The Dollar Vigilante, Andrew Henderson at Nomad Capitalist and Simon Black at Sovereign Man believe that most western countries have become ‘tax farms’, and that insolvent governments and police states have made developing countries a better prospect to start a business, work or retire. They also point out the declining cultural environment; Berwick has posted a number of shocking videos of ‘Black Friday’ riots, and daily atrocities committed by the American Police State. TDV has even combined some survivalist themes with their message and setup their very own ‘Galt’s Gulch‘ Randian rural community in Chile, for those who have had ‘enough’ and want ‘out’ of the system. They all claim the west is doomed and taxes are too high, ‘go where your capital is treated best’ by adopting a PT for ‘Prior Taxpayer’ or ‘Permanent Traveller’ lifestyle.
The alternative to this I’ll call the Aaron Clarey aka Captain Capitalism/Red Pill perspective – that the West is in decline and voting won’t change it. The state has replaced the role of the husband, and casualties of the divorce industry abound. It focuses on acceptance – that one ought to enjoy it – plug in, tune out and abandon traditional responsibilities – marriage, children, stressful high-income careers, high taxes, and materialism. Suggestions include living ‘well’, pursue flings, foreign travel and future vindication – ‘warm fuzzies’, will be the reward when the tax base shrinks and national income falls because society has removed the incentive for men to ‘shoulder the burden’ of working and providing.
Close relatives of the above, Neoreaction/’Duck’ Enlightenment at Free Northerner, Occam’s Razor, StaresAtTheWorld, Matt Forney. Seemingly ‘post-libertarian/conservative’, this is an online movement of mostly ‘red-pillers’ who see folly in the conservative movement and idealist internet anarchism. Although there is little that is new in ‘neoreaction’, it is a focal point for a generation that has known nothing else but post-MTV progressive culture (no ‘good old days’ for us). While Pat Buchanan wants to ‘turn back the clock’, neoreactionaries want to ‘smash the clock’ – I heard that on a Radix Podcast that I’ll find and link. There is also a traditionalist Catholic/Orthodox component. Liberalism and its child, Representative Democracy is seen a a rebellion against natural hierarchy and had formed its own theocracy for the altar of progress, which they see as the destruction of European culture. Neoreactionaries like to call out SWPL liberals for their logical inconsistency and frequently comment on the rise of cultural marxism, ‘liberal creationism’ and explore the notion of ‘human bio-diversity’. Which brings us the the last group.
The ‘New Right’ aka ‘Alternative Right’ or ‘Radical Traditionalism’. Also a ‘big tent’ movement, it seems to combine the European New Right of Alan de Benoist with ethno-nationalism. Richard Spencer is the face of the movement; former editor of TakiMag and founder of alternativeright.com and the more recent Radix Journal. There is a call for a European identity – including pre-christian traditions that more easily provide ideological support for intra-ethnic loyalty. It rejects the mainstream conservatism’s premise: vote conservative and pray, as well as the universalism of Christianity, however it appears that Christian Reconstructionists/Stormfront/NeoNazis are not welcome there. It seeks to subvert and reform the conservative movement, form ethno-states, and revive traditionalism in its various forms.
What is clear is that the West is on an unsustainable trajectory – culturally and fiscally, and that there will be serious social and geo-political shifts taking place in the near future. The role of fringe movements in major historical events tends only to be appreciated post-hoc. Polarisation is standard tactic for any fledgling movement to gain a loyal following, and anti-PC shock value seems to be working to bring together a disparate group of disaffected former conservatives, progressives and libertarians.
Post-edit: I came across a great reflection of influences at blog called Anarcho-Monarchist:
Long but worth it