Where’s the beef?
I watched the end of the Red Ice video of Spencer’s speech. Cutting through all of the anti-Spencer hysteria and all of the pro-Spencer spin, my own view can be summarized in three points:
1. I didn’t like it.
2. It was a mistake.
3. It really isn’t that big a deal.
Given all the breast-beating going on, point three needs to be stressed. Long term, I simply do not see this permanently damaging either Spencer or the Alt Right brand (such as it is). Spencer is young and potentially has decades of activism ahead of him. Who knows what may happen in that time? One must look at the long time horizon here, rather than obsessing over short-term damage.
Any significant political success for Spencer and the Alt Right presupposes a set of conditions that would ensure that many Whites simply would not care about a few silly seconds at the end of Spencer's 2016 NPI talk.
Whites becoming more desperate as the racial conditions worsen – would those Whites care about a few “Hails” here and there?
Whites becoming more aggressively ethnocentric and willing to defend racial self-interest – would those Whites care about a bit of youthful indiscretion?
If and when the times become more propitious for a racialist far-Right in America (in contrast to today’s Trumpian cucked civic nationalism), then the real test will be if Spencer (or whoever) presents an attractive memetic product to the people. If so, then all the film clips of the 2016 NPI conference won’t make any difference whatsoever.
And even today: the type of Whites WNs would want to recruit, those hardcore Whites not satisfied with Trumpism, those Whites are not going to be “put off” by what happened at the conference, other than being dissatisfied, as I am, by the usual piss-poor “movement” judgement. But then, Spencer is really no worse than other “movement” leaders, so even that isn’t a major problem by “movement” standards. Unless the individuals criticizing Spencer are willing to speak out against the even more serious and fundamental problems of Der Movement, then the whole Hailgate episode is merely sound and fury signifying nothing.