Since the ‘Unite the Right’ Charlottesville rally in August of last year, the Altright and Alt-lite have come under a wave of unprecedented censorship. Social media accounts have been banned, payment processors have withdrawn their services, and the Antifa mob, once mocked as an incel gang, has proved itself as an effective street fighting force. Indeed, with covert state support, or at least with the state employing a ‘turning a blind eye’ mentality, Antifa have successfully disrupted or forced the cancellation of many right-wing gatherings in the last 14 months.
So what is to be done?
Youtube’s policy of ruthlessly deleting channels which have taken years to build up a subscriber base is horrific for content creators, though at the same time it is not unexpected. If you’re going to use the enemy’s platforms, expect retaliation. Other alternative platforms are useful, though they have a much smaller reach; and as we’ve seen with Gab, the left can successfully remove them from the internet, even if it’s for a limited time.
In 2016/2017, there was a significant push by the dissident right to move from the internet into real life. For the Alt-lite, this proved very successful, and their support and following continues to grow. Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux’s tour of Australia this year involved speaking tours, meet and greets and video making; and also featured interviews with mainstream media news channels, which were consequently viewed by millions of people. They did face much more opposition in New Zealand, although overall they made their mark Down Under (and probably increased their bank balance too, which is no bad thing).
At present, it does not seem possible that the pro-White community could do something even close to this scale. Richard Spencer’s college speaking tour, although an excellent idea, was eventually ruined by Antifa violence and came to an abrupt end. Patrick Casey’s Identity Evropa is showing promising signs, with stealth and secrecy still needed to pull off their public activism.
Pro-White causes at this stage, for safety reasons amongst other things, must embrace a sense of necessary pragmatism. For example, what is the point of organizing a public speech with a question and answer session, if it’s just going to get shut down by the authorities or Antifa? It makes more sense at present to create podcasts or livestream on Youtube on other peoples’ channels, which Richard Spencer and others are currently doing. Not only does this tactic guarantee an audience (of around 7-20 thousand depending on whose channel they are on), but it also allows them to reach people without the threat of violence. Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential election campaign in Brazil relied on WhatsApp and Facebook groups to spread his ideas, especially after he was stabbed and forced to withdraw from public life to recuperate. Predictably, the powers-that-be accused him of ‘fake news,’ and they subsequently banned thousands of accounts that supported him, but he was elected anyway. You can never underestimate the power of online activism; it is the new public space.
If the Alt-lite can work in real life and experience limited damage, combined with the Alt-Right’s efforts online this can be a sufficient force. We don’t agree with each other on everything, and of course, some pro-White activism in the real world is still possible. Our combined momentum will have an effect, just as it did in the memorable ‘meme war’ of 2015-16.
With regards to payment processors, creating alternatives is very difficult, and those that tried have largely failed. Tech infrastructure is probably the Alt-Right’s Achilles Heel, and I suspect cryptocurrency and old fashioned cheques in the post will likely become a necessity. I know that the NPI (National Policy Institute) and the Daily Stormer already operate like this to some degree, which shows the level of censorship bearing down upon them.
Maintaining a presence on mainstream social media is essential. If your account gets deleted on Twitter and Facebook, then create another one and carry on to the bitter end. Retreating to Gab is fine if you want to live in an echo chamber, but changing the culture requires maintaining a presence in the public space of mainstream discourse. I know you may have to change your name slightly or even set up another email to make a new account, but it is worth it. Not just for the political cause, but also to maintain day-to-day contact with the comings and goings of the dissident right.
Forums, which have taken a back seat in the last five years or so, could come into their own if any censorship increases. Republic Standard’s twin site Freebird is the perfect example of this. Discussion and idea sharing is essential, especially about articles or news stories that are currently dominating the headlines. After all, the more you learn, the more informed you become. Of course, the ability to read forums and keep up on discussion threads require time that many of us don’t have, but many do.
The most important aspect of the future dissident right’s evolution is in-real-life networking. I don’t mean holding pre-announced events that are likely to be banned or besieged by Antifa; I mean meet-ups with friends who you have gotten to know online. You need to be careful for obvious reasons, but forming networks of friends in the real world is essential not just for the movement but for your wellbeing. You never know, you may even meet your future spouse!
The next few years will be tough, especially as the American Presidential Election nears, and so expect an onslaught of de-platforming and censorship the likes of which you have never seen. There’s no reason to stop. The right is still doing very well in elections around the world, and we have a long way to go.