White Nationalism Killed the Alt-Right

Two years ago, I called out the obvious:

No longer under siege, the Alt-Right has some wiggle room. It can relax a bit and enjoy a little cultural dominance for a change. And so, what’s happening? The movement is largely appearing to lean white nationalist. White nationalism has become the end in and of itself for the Alt-Right.

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However, by failing to realize that the Church is the only means to the only End, the movement will ultimately fail in the long game. The Alt-Right will eventually be called out for its misconceptions […] And it sucks, because the Left will be morally justified when they use that card. I hate giving the Left ammunition. The last thing I want for them to have is to justifiably, yet disingenuously call us out for some issue. But white nationalism is not an option. Fighting multiculturalism and diversity propaganda is a fine thing. But the white nationalists are going to lose this for us.

The week I wrote those words, I was correctly called out by a reader, John Collinson, for putting misguided trust in the Alt-Right movement.  What started out as an anti-political correctness movement has been turned into a branding iron utilized by the Left to shame and silence opposition.  Now, the only people who freely and happily use the term “Alt-Right” are the actual racists, Jews such as Luke Ford who have immunity due to their jewishness, and bloggers who live in Europe and suffer no consequences of American ostracization.

It is very clear this week what white nationalism has done to the Alt-Right, as it appears James Fields—a man fleeing for his life from a deadly Leftist mob, driving over many and killing one—has been found guilty of first-degree murder.  This man’s crime was worthy of a conviction of vehicular manslaughter.  But U.S. society saw fit, instead, to convict him of first-degree murder.  With glee, the U.S. legal system and the public mind as a whole will await the sentencing of this “embodiment of white nationalism.”

What his sentencing foretells couldn’t be clearer.

Constance Paige Young, who was also injured, said the guilty verdicts and a coming federal hate crime trial would “set a precedent that this white nationalist violence that has been present since this nation’s inception is no longer tolerable.”

White nationalist violence present since the nation’s inception.  That is to say, when the American Founders themselves created this country.  Make no mistake, the Left seeks to destroy the United States.  The New York Times article celebrates Field’s conviction as a victory against racial and religious hatred.  And yet, it is the hypocritical Left who despises the American heterosexual white male and has purged Christianity from as many public spaces as possible.

The Left has made it clear during the Donald Trump Presidency that they despise America as it was founded, and they do not like anybody who supports the country’s heritage.  Pro-Americans have become targets and are held up as responsible for every injustice conceivable on this continent.

It was tragic that James Fields ran over so many people, permanently injuring them and killing one.  I am certain these accidents would not have happened if Antifa, Red Neck Rebellion, and other Leftist radicals weren’t present at the Unite the Right Rally.  I am certain that if the local and state government of Virginia responsibly policed the event, this tragedy would not have happened.  Unfortunately, the truth behind what happened at Charlottesville will be ignored by the mainstream, just as was the murderous hypocrisy of John Brown’s debacle at Harper’s Ferry, shortly before the First American Civil War.

James Fields, Heather Heyer, and everyone else injured in that alleyway in Charlottesville were sacrificial pawns who are being utilized by the Left to “up the game” against the Right in this country.  The blatant injustice the Left is getting away with is just a taste of things to come in the next decade.  The unguarded alliance of people on the Right with white nationalists and actual white supremacists (I think there’s 12 white supremacists in this country) was a gift to the Left.  If there was any one single thing that could have helped out the enemies of the Right, an alliance with white nationalists was just the thing.

Now, to be fair, white nationalists  were early-on categorized as separate from the Alt-Right before Donald Trump was even elected president:

Nevertheless, it is clear that there is an intrinsic tension within the Alt-Right, which is not necessarily a bad thing. On the one side is the Alt-White, which is pure white nationalist and predominantly pagan or atheist. This could be thought of as the NPI or Spencerian Alt-Right. On the other is the Alt-West, which is omni-nationalist and pro-Christian.

As much as I enjoy reading Vox Day, he’s a bit obscure, and his lone voice doesn’t carry over from Italy to the wild masses of mainstream Americans.  Distinguishing the Alt-Right from “Alt-White” was not enough in late 2016.  And striking any kind of an alliance with them was a terrible error:

Because it is vital to understand that for the Alt-Right to be successful over time, Alt-White and Alt-West must continue to cooperate, refrain from internecine conflict, and continue to stand by each other in the face of the coming media assaults in the same way that GamerGate/KiA and GamerGate/chan did.

Allowing white nationalists to represent the Alt-Right was like adding a catalyst to a potion.  The chemical reaction was sped up, and now we have a churning, bubbling test tube of volatile chemicals—all ready to be thrown in the face of right wingers.  Neo-Nazi optics at the Unite the Right rally was a stimulating motivator for the Left.  And they will run with this narrative for decades to come.  It is the Left who controls school rooms.  It is the Left who controls major publishing houses.  It is they who will be writing the history books (thanks to their march through the institutions).  The Right has been engaged in an all-or-nothing battle for the past few years, and it was up to the Right to be as careful as possible—as a double standard has, is, and always will be applied to us.

Perhaps the Right in Europe will not have to dance on eggshells and make such careful distinctions in their coming counter-revolutions.  But unfortunately for those of us living in European colonies (Rhodesia, South Africa, the United States), we are on our own and fighting perilous battles.  Too bad we have the tendency to sabotage ourselves on a near-constant basis.

Fashwave Sectariansm Vs Vaporwave Hegemony

In a recent liberal hit piece, fashwave has been called “the suicidal retro-futurist art of the alt-right.” We are warned that this fringe art movement is proselytizing young people into a racist movement full of “hate.” The article presents the fashwave phenomenon as another mischievous creation of the far-Right, hijacking a popular genre, vaporwave, for its political aims. As Jack Smith writes, “vaporwave is set up perfectly for a right-wing heist, just as the far right has stolen leftist youth culture for decades, from Hitler to heavy metal.”

As if the only type of art we will ever have comes from the Left.

It is only natural for popular art to filter into all forms of intellectual discourse. And when chan culture, ruled by an order of isolated and socially inept young people, creates memes and clashes with the normie class, one such result is fashwave.

But a better understanding of fashwave should not come from why and what makes it popular, but where all this original art is coming from.

Vaporwave is one of the most significant and influential artistic movements of the last decade. You’ve seen memes where “A E S E T H I C” is spelled out as if written by a Japanese. And you might have seen Greek busts of Helios and bubblegum pink tiles too. It’s all a function of the outsize influence of a “micro-genre” of music, vaporwave.

Music genres propagate and ramify like internet memes. But such micro-genres as seapunk, chillwave, which house, and cloud rap all come from one original source, and that is vaporwave.

Vaporwave is a genre of electronic music that pays tribute to the music of the 1980s, 1990s, and earlier decades of nostalgic-tech and media.

Smith declares that fashwave is problematic for the globalist project: “Vaporwave and fashwave both play in the ruins of modern consumerism. And both genres force us to consider how much we have lost so quickly.”

Why is there such an End-of-the-World slant to vaporwave?

The first ever vaporwave release was Daniel Lopatin’s Chuck Pearson’s Eccojams Vol. 1. This was a humorous release of cut-up or “plunderphonic” samples of cheesy pop songs. “Ecco” was a reference to the Sega Genesis game of the same name (many millennials grew up playing the game or knowing about it).

Lopatin’s ethnic background is Russian and Jewish. He cites Deleuze, DeLanda, and Heidegger as philosophical influences. Typical of his postmodern upbringing, often Lopatin creates avant-garde, “guggenheim” style of electronic music under the name Oneohtrix Point Never. Eccojams has since became an early magnus opus in his career and in vaporwave. As Lopatin has stated in an interview,

“I remember reading this great philosopher named Julia Kristeva, a French feminist philosopher, and she says — generally, she says a lot of amazing things — but in this essay called “Powers of Horror” she talks about the abject things that come out that we have desire to see. So the things that we try to contain within us is like this pre-semiotic reality and society is the way we want to present ourselves. Like, we wear clothes, and things are not coming out, there’s no excrement or whatever.”

Lopatin feels a certain attitude of deracination towards everything (a term of praise for a postmodern philosopher). It is very common in the vaporwave genre to express feelings of consumer nihilism. And often this flirtation with so-called cutting-edge postmodern philosophy makes everything more pretentious.

Another important release to come out of the vaporwave canon was Mactintosh Plus’s Floral Shoppe. Its iconic album art, featuring that Greek bust, has became staple for all jokes about vaporwave. It was also the primary influence on the emergence of fashwave.

However, the album’s creator goes by the name “Ramona Andra Xavier,” a non-cisgendered person of color. Xavier was also in email contact with Lopatin, making this social connection all too conspiratorial.

In a popular YouTube documentary about the history of vaporwave, the narrator, Wolfenstien OS X, defines the fall of vaporwave after the adoption of the Floral Shoppe consumer ideology it promoted (6:40):

“This ideal for the genre continue to dominate the tone of most vaporwave releases… This gave the genre a bad rap as it seemed to be stagnant in its development and was doomed to be an awkward phase of music, which was shallow in meaning and production quality. Eventually most releases were horribly put together messes just to undermine the true essence of what of the genre was about.”

Traditionally, vaporwave was “hyponagogic,” meaning that the music was to evoke a dreamlike state and certain feelings of nostalgia in the listener. This is why often vaporwave releases are slowed-down versions popular songs, creating an otherworldly muzak. The genre took other names like “mall-soft,” or the rave style of “hardvapour.” This is what retro-wave music also does, as it feeds into nostalgia for 1980s synthpop.

It is very popular for vaporwave to be exclusively released on cassette tapes. Bandcamp.com has outsourced the entire genre through their website. Cassette runs are often limited to 30-60 copies and fetch high prices on Discogs and Ebay. Vaporwave dared to challenge the market of cassette culture by creating a genre of music that resembles nostalgic artifacts. Rather, as Wolfenstein OS X explains, it is “post-music,” and the genre is not to be casually listened to like “music,” but to be enjoyed for the fact of its own existence. Popular vaporwave cassettes are judged and sold on the fact that it gives the listener feelings of escapism.

There is even an essential guide to vaporwave, which is a good introduction to the genre. Not all of the music is good. In fact most of it is bad. There is probably two or three albums you will admire from the list. I strongly believe the purpose of this guide and Wolfenstein OS X’s vaporwave documentary was to sell more cassettes from the Dream Catalogue label.

I believe that vaporwave is inherently reactionary, because it is nostalgic. But there is also something decadent about vaporwave. Music is being solely created as pretty pieces of artwork. Everything is alienated, and nothing meaningful is being established. Postmodern philosophy is running rampant, while SWPL hipsters use its logic to justify the genre. And ever since Eccojams, this formula has been regurgitating in the Bandcamp marketplace. It is an anonymous 4chan culture of “post-music” that has no greater meaning. This is the globalist agenda of vaporwave. It only wants you to buy more cassettes from Bandcamp while pretending you are an expert on Deleuze.

The genre of vaporwave has became a tool for chan culture, and thus it was only natural for The Daily Stormer trolls to take advantage of it. Thus, fashwave was created to instill meaning back into the vaporwave movement.

Fashwave’s most important acts are Xurious and Cybernazi. Both Xurious and Cybernazi typically create retro-futuristic, italo-disco-style music that differs from the hypnogogic style of releases of Eccojams and Floral Shoppe.

Xurious has played at NPI and conceives his target audience as the Alt Right. Cybernazi does the same thing, but remains anonymous over the internet. Fashwave is stuck in the Right-wing ghetto, as it became solely a vaporwave “cultural appropriation” for the Alt Right. I understand Right-wing genres of music can embrace everyone from Death In June and Peste Noire to Taylor Swift. The similarity is that these acts all openly or implicitly touch upon our people and our interests.

Since most of the Alt Right movement listens to Xurious, Cybernazi, and horrible “Weird Al” Yankovic neo-nazi dubs of pop songs, it’s a mistake to think fashwave is an up and coming music genre. It will soon die in its right-wing ghetto, until a new popular music genre will appear. And then the far-Right will appropriate that new genre for its audience, leading to another liberal hit piece.

But fashwave is just too good to confine itself to the Right-wing ghetto. To make a real impact on the culture, fashwave must adopt a “today the Alt Right, tomorrow the world” ethos. We have to make fashwave global.

The way forward has been blazed by Blank Banshee. If there is one major vaporwave act that is influencing music today that a healthy Right-wing person could like, my suggestion is Blank Banshee.

Blank Banshee is targeting inner-city hipsters and a majority of people who are just discovering vaporwave. Blank Banshee, or Patrick Driscoll, is an authoritative figure of post-vaporwave. Oneohtrix Point Never is to busy creating globalist friendly artsy music, and Vektroid is too arrogant, chasing after “scene” credibility.

Blank Banshee came into the genre as the first “vapor trap” act. That is a mix between vaporwave and traps music. His debut album, 0, was a viral meme and snowballed the success of his music career.

But perhaps Blank Banshee’s most loved album is 1, his second album. On the album, “Ecozones” is a tribute to Donkey Kong Country’s Aquatic Ambience. “Anxiety Online,” “LSD Polyphony,” “Big Gulp,” and “Cyber Slums” are some of the best vaporwave dance songs ever released. But tracks like “Doldrum Corp,” “Realization,” and “Paradise Disc,” bring about a certain aesthetic dream vision, more than what fashwave has tried to impose. What makes this album stand out are the CGI visuals that accompany the songs during live performance. It is very difficult for any artist to create such a Gesamtkunstwerk.

It is assumed that Blank Banshee created all the visuals to go along with the release. He is also said to have released some CD-Rs in the Chinese black market (this might be a joke). He shares a penchant for anonymity with another electronic act, Boards of Canada. Boards of Canada is know for avoiding all interviews and giving little information about their releases, yet they have a giant fan base, including a Fox News reporter. Blank Banshee wears a mask like Death in June and hides from all public interviews. His live performances includes a giant move projector of his animations, as he triggers samples from his MPC controller. His music ranges from sample snippets of video games to anime, from Super Mario 64 to Akira, with lush and atmospheric hip-hop beats and textures. It supersedes the boring mall muzak of Eccojams and approaches a new form of pop music that truly envisions a new future.

Blank Banshee has released all of his albums on cassette, which quickly sold out during the Christmas season of 2017. His debut 2017 tour was very promising as it was the first major “vaporwave” act to tour the United States and Canada.

Blank Banshee aligned his music with any political ideology and is quite playful with his art. It is hard to admire something that is egalitarian and Marxist or the creeping postmodern message that is trying to latch onto vaporwave. But listening to fashwave, just because it is “fashy,” is stubborn and self-defeating.

At its core, the vaporwave genre nostalgically admires the past: VHS tapes, electronic synthesizers, retro-futuristic cars, vector grids, vintage arcade games, bad consumer products, Japanese culture, etc. Subverting it with fascist imagery is not enough. Death in June is a master at this collage art. Let’s just leave it to him.

Vaporwave is the music of the future. If vaporwave is inherently reactionary, nostalgic, and retro-futurist, it is already Right-wing. The whole thing is Right-wing. Not just the fashwave secession. What I would like to see is a critical discourse that accompanies and interprets the vaporwave genre as an essentially anti-liberal art form sprung from a sincere longing for the future we were promised but denied, without cutting itself on edgy National Socialist and Evola memes. Sure, people will try to trot out Capitalism and Schizophrenia, but but it’s up to us to call out such errors in thinking. It is up to us to construct a dominant anti-liberal paradigm to eventually turn vaporwave discourse, and the music itself, against the globalist nihilism and transhumanist philosophy of Eccojams and Floral Shoppe.

Fashwave is dead! Long live fashwave!

Enter the MetaRight

There are legitimate reasons to desire to preserve a rational worldview. The chaos that beckons from beneath the established social and linguistic order never ceases its hissing. A violent reaction to understanding the fragility of the shallow forms of regularity and continuity we enjoy is to be expected. Not because a rationally determined world is more desirable, or because it is a matter of fact, but because it is convenient.
The faculty of ratio has heretofore been focused primarily on solving mechanical problems for the purpose of facilitating ease and comfort in human life. It was hypothesized that surplus leisure time would give mankind the opportunity to reflect on more subtle matters. Has this proven to be the case?
Leisure time that should be invested in the inner development of moral and intellectual quality is instead consumed with superfluous work pursued in order to accrue enough substance to pay for the added comfort, convenience and consumption we have made into the ends of our advancement.
Obviously ratio‘s monomania over control of external conditions, while bringing great boons in terms of food production and medical care, has also forcibly removed the urgency from daily life and has driven people smothered by comfort to suppress their consciousness or seek their death. Life loses meaning without a mythos: a story to act out, an Image to embody.
Life itself is the sensuous reflection of the Image; the Image is the empty hub our wheel rolls around. While the same rules of projection and reflection maintain over time, the forms of the projected and reflected Image are the results of habit. Habit is entrenched iterability, each layer of recursion increasing specificity. Repetition forms the basis of apparent continuity (continuum).
Continuity and consistency are the qualities of those perceptions of which we choose to take ownership. “This” I think, “is my identity, this am I, this is mine.”
So long as one seeks externally, he will never find the essential. Grabbing the serpent by the tail, it turns and takes you down. Pinning the snake by the head with the fork of discernment, one may see Natural Law and its modes of rhythm moving one’s own body.

Led along a linear assumption, we believed there could be an end.
Realizing endlessness, the question remains what to make of it.