Richard Spencer is not a leader


I said in my post yesterday that we would see the actions of the alt-right twisted, turned, and completely misrepresented by conservatives within a week. I was being generous as of course it all happened within less than a day. The normies are falling over themselves to disavow the alt-right by labeling them either as Nazis, (isn’t everyone a Nazi these days?) or as being the same as the far-left; two opposing peas in the same pod, (yes, Brendan O’Neill is a moron).

As far as the Nazi LARPers are concerned, they’re obviously epic droolers who are out there where the trains don’t run. Dressing up as Nazis isn’t edgy; it’s just bottom-feeder level stupid, and if these dimwits weren’t dressing up as Nazis they’d be dressing up as space robots or something. You don’t have to disavow people like this; you just tell them to fuck off and not come back again. It’s not hard, but somehow in the mix of being careful not to punch right, (which I agree with), this message got mixed up with don’t punch stupid.

Guys, you’re not going to want to have everyone on your team. Some people are such a liability that they’re not even useful as cannon fodder. Whoever it was that thought that having guys parading around toting Nazi flags was a good idea should be next given the responsibility in any future meetups of doing absolutely nothing at all. Stand over there in the corner, don’t say anything, and try not to breathe through your mouth.

What you’re not after when organizing stuff like this is compromise or consensus. You’re not there to make people happy. You’re there to make a statement, and as such the core leadership must have a very clear idea of what the objectives are in that regard. Looking at what happened in Charlottseville, it appears that the core objectives were most probably reached with the brilliant torch-lit march on the Friday evening. The cops weren’t expecting it, the city wasn’t expecting it, and the Antifa goons were all probably out singing Kumbaya or making crappy porn videos. It was classic diversion tactics, only it wasn’t planned that way. But it got the job done, the alt-right looked brilliant, and if the leadership had had a bit more experience and some rock solid balls then they would have just sent everyone home after that.

I mean, how stupid would Antifa and the rest of the far-left idiots have looked if the alt right hadn’t turned up on the Saturday? It would have been beautiful.

That ability to think quickly on your feet and adapt to changing conditions can only come from experience, and it can only manifest itself when clear objectives have been set out from the beginning.

When I first read that the guy who organized this whole thing was someone who had literally come out of nowhere I was a little surprised. Who is this guy? It turns out he’s a past supporter of Obama and the Occupy movement, as recently as last November.

This is clearly an indictment of Richard Spencer, the guy who really truly wants to be a leader and who can’t help combing his hair like he’s about to audition for a starring role in the Beer Hall Putsch. Spencer wants to be a leader for the sake of being a leader, which is the last guy that you ever want doing the leading. Based on how events unfolded on the weekend, I doubt that he’d be capable of leading his finger up his own nose. His name was top billing, he keeps wanting to be the big man in town; fine, then it’s on him. He’s responsible for the fact that Nazi Larpers were marching on behalf of the alt-right.

In this Spencer has form. He managed to wiggle out of the bad publicity that surrounded a little speech he gave last year when a bunch of idiots starting giving the Hitler salute. But this second time fooling isn’t going to fly.

He’s also responsible for this nobody who organized the rally. Maybe someone should have been asking some hard questions, or doing a little bit of digging at the very least. Spencer probably wasn’t thinking of that. He was too busy trying to make sure that his name was on top of the billing and that he had packed enough hair gel for the weekend.

It’s a terrific paradox. Part of the reason that the alt right has been successful is because it has avoided having a clear leader for the media to focus on, a tactic that was undoubtedly influenced by GamerGate. And yet the entire time we have had little young Richard Spencer jumping madly up and down in a disjointed attempt to get his weaselly face on as many posters as possible.

The alt right needs leaders, but it needs leaders who are interested in furthering the cause of the alt right as opposed to their own lofty leadership, media, or political aspirations. It all also really needs guys who aren’t missing a whole bunch of tools from the tool shed. Smart people who are able to organize, inspire, and capitalize on sudden changes in events. You can write the bestest most wonderful plan of all time, but if things take an unexpected turn after the first five minutes then you have to prepared to throw the plan away and come up with something on the fly.

Police not letting you through and they’re trying to shut the whole thing down? Did you have this kinda obvious potential situation planned for or did you just think that it was all going to be peachy? And now that it’s not turning out to be peachy, what is the plan? And how are you going to communicate it to all your supporters there on the ground? What’s the extraction process? Do you have a fall-back location identified and a secondary option in case the first one doesn’t work out? Or are you just going to stand around and hit people with Nazi flags?

On the one hand I reckon that the alt right did good on the weekend. But they also did very badly too. If the plan is to be better next time then some people should just go quietly into that good night. Which is most probably not going to happen. Things never work out as planned.

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  • Joe

    The right is going to fail, not because of Spencer and his antics, but because the right lacks the discipline to at least NOT ATTACK THEIR OWN SIDE!

    You may say that the named as nazi’s are not on your side of the right, but NO ONE ELSE BELIEVES YOU.

    The left have correctly ascertained that the right’s Achilles heel is it’s need to be seen as moral. The left cares not one whit about morals – they use it as a tool. The right care deeply and that is why political correctness is such a valuable tool to the left.

    Point 12 of the alt-right manifesto is “The Alt Right doesn’t care what you think of it.” This is the only defence from the predations of the left. Perhaps you should take it to heart.

    The one thing the left does well, is to deflect and attack the accusers when their radicals do something that they do not agree with. They defend their radicals, whether they agree or not because they understand the brand name of “LEFT” includes all of them, radicals, moderates and others.

    Isn’t it about time we did the same?

    The left know that the radicals are very useful in moving the discussion leftwards, because they make the news and attract eyeballs to their softer positions. Also, low level intimidation.

    • Adam Piggott

      First of all the Nazis were avowed socialists – just like the Greens only with snappy uniforms. If you think that they are on the right you’re as crazy and as misinformed as they are.

      You cite Vox Day’s 16 point manifesto. Good, because here is what he had to say about the matter:

      “… Criticizing these guys isn’t punching right. There are
      birds in my yard that have been right-wing longer than them. They are
      not even to the right of the average cuckservative. This may explain
      why, when I had Richard Spencer on Brainstorm, we were all surprised to
      discover that he was to nearly everyone’s left …”

      • Craig

        Dude who was the base that supported National Socialism?

        The conservative bourgeois base that’s who. So apart from the Socialized fascist economic policies, guess what all the cultural policies would of been… The Italian and Spanish Fascists were more leftist then the NS, yet they allowed feminism and traditional women to join their movement.

        Unite the right, may have been bad optics, still I agree it would of caused some curious folk to investigate. It also seems to be emerging that certain neo-Nazis were swapping between ANTIFA and the NS, people been talking and showing pics on twitter. More then likely the majority of the KKK and Neo Nazis are paid for stooges by an NGO or state agency. Hell the SPLC can’t even make KKK documentaries any more cause they have to pay actors to pretend, which under some film bureaucratic law means it can’t be classed as a doco. The last KKK doco was canceled because of this. Seriously apart from the internet Nazi Larpers and the occasional suspicious protest, where are the Neo Nazis? I know of some Jewish boys who were throwing roman salutes to Richard Spencer during a speech after President Trump won the 2016 election. Cui bono, in the old media deep state apparatus. Obviously.

        Richard Spencer was never NS, or conservative, he’s a red pilled alt-right ex-liberal. An ethno preservationist if you will.

        Why whinge about all this when really we should be looking for angles to expose the Liberals, NGO’s and the deep state. JMO

        • Completely agree with you.

          There are probably more cosplay Larpers within Antifa ranks who revel in dressing in their masked black attire, than in the Neo Nazi ranks.
          At any of these demonstrations, you cannot really know who has been bussed in by Soros or Deep State to foment trouble.
          Probably the same paid crisis actors they use at the regular US false flag happenings.
          Kabuki theatre, same as during the recent US elections.
          Sickening,really. What a world we live in.

      • Karen Dwyer

        I’m glad you’ve made these points (in your comment and article).

        Use of Nazi symbolism & heroic status is as ridiculous as Communist symbolism & heroic status. They are two wings of the same aeroplane travelling in only one direction: chaos and totalitarianism.

        Additionally, despite a measure of agreement with Justin B. re defining and “leadership” of “the Right”, you make some very good points re Richard Spencer.

        I haven’t had a strong opinion about Mr Spencer either way, and was really surprised how weakly he came across in that recent video clip: “But I’ve got a permit…”

        I make no personal claims to being strong in the face of riot police.

        Your points re foreseeable events (e.g. permit being null & void due to state of emergency being declared) are noteworthy.

        For want of another word, there is a certain level of “generalship” which is required of anybody leading themselves or others into (even “peaceful” confrontation). Self discipline, loyalty, command of discipline, intelligence, strategic thinking (including the ability to change plans rather than bleat “but that’s not fair; that’s not supposed to happen….”

        The Duke of Wellington comes to mind, and I’m sure you can think of many others.

        Learning from one’s failures and being unambiguous about one’s goals (which is NOT the same thing as the end justifies the means) is crucial.

  • I see your points, and see the naivety about the rally (don’t we goys like to trust people) led to much current distress.

    I don’t really like Spencer, but he IS out there putting his jaw on the line and can be quite well spoken at times. Generally as a movement, the alt-right/identitarian right should avoid anointing or worshipping any one individual or even a select few individuals as they are capable of corruption and attack and we know how the Shadow Men like to destroy those goys who foolishly lift their heads above the herd. For this reason alone I’m glad that many speakers/discussion starters are still anon internet gimps.

    Not sure about the rallies thing. Simply throwing the truth out there, one bit at a time, IS doing something. I’m sure Richard Spencer is doing far more good with his website and ad hoc talks than those staged events.

  • What exactly is the alternative right ?
    Obviously it can mean many different ideologies to different people. Many of the ideas overlap Neo Nazism or Isolationism or Protectionism, etc etc…..
    So, who gets to define exactly what the alt right is ?
    The MSM, you, me ?

    At least Spencer is doing something.
    Unlike all the cowardly traditional “Conservatives” who just squawk like old incontinent cucked chickens and never actually do anything constructive.
    They just waffle, waffle, waffle, Twatter and Fakebook themselves in self entitled verbal masturbation.

    You can’t “control” the alt right, it’s not a single entity.
    It’s not a trained group of cadres or paramilitary.

    How can there ever be a “core leadership” of the alt right ?
    Just who is going to decide who they are ?
    I can just imagine the infighting and power struggles.

    As far as any rallies go, how can any one individual, Spencer, for example, control how the rally will progress.
    Mob mentality rules and the dynamics change by the minute, especially if hamstrung police and paid leftists and agent provocateurs are added to the mix.
    We are not talking about the mass organised rallies held in the Fatherland in the thirties.

    The whole left/ right business will just stumble from debacle to clusterfuck, with populist discombobulated mobs stirring the pot and TPTB manipulating from the sidelines, as has always been the case.

    I just don’t see any single alt right “Leader” ever emerging.

  • Earl Conner

    What needs to happen is for the online conservative/libertarian/skeptic community leaders to collectively create a unifying movement. It needs succinct values and ideals, with just the right scope to include all but the most radical right. What ever the media try to frame it as, or what individual followers do, its name needs to be defended at all costs. Leaders who are suitable for government will likely emerge overtime. I really hope Charlottseville is the catalyst for something positive like this. If things like white genocide or the JQ are actual real problems, then they will sort themselves out organically.

  • Hawk

    Disappointing to see this attitude Adam, but not surprising from you. Heard you on a podcast a while back and could tell you didn’t quite get it.