EGI Notes

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fisking Costello

Analyzing Costello.

I cannot disagree with Costello on some of this…but he makes some errors, dependent on his meaning.

They will see that some of the most visible members of our movement, our self-described “leaders” are, in some cases, entitled, college-educated children of affluence. Vain, grandiose, egomaniacal, and attention-hungry.

Meet the Alt Right!

They will see that some in the Alt Right have not yet emerged, or only recently emerged, from living in their parent’s basement.

Some?


They will see that many exist as members of our movement only in a virtual sense, as internet trolls who hit and run. Vying with each other to prove who is the most “edgy” and “hardcore,” while usually backing up this posturing with absolutely nothing tangible and real.

True, but who does different?


They will encounter “purity spirallers” who seem less concerned with the real plight of their race than with ferreting out who in the movement might be “gay” — or with speculating that everyone in the movement is gay, except them.

I’ve already written about how “gay baiting” in Der Movement is clearly politically motivated, since there are some long-time “movement activists” rumored to be gay but no one ever mentions those people. The “gay baiters” usually fall into particular factions of Der Movement and they will turn a blind eye to the gays in their own faction.  On the other hand, there are some who push normalization of homosexuality too far.

They will see many childless, unmarried men who have turned necessity into virtue by “going their own way.” 

What happens when married fathers get so disgusted with women that they MGTOW?

Or worse, cultivating the cynical, misogynistic game of the pickup artist.

I agree with criticism of the gamesters. However. Not because of “misogyny” – in many cases richly deserved.  No, it is because the gamesters are hypocritical, illogical, juvenile, amoral hedonistic nihilists who typically ape the worst aspects of Der Movement (the Alt Wrong, for example); Roissy’s ardor for Trump borders on homoerotic mania and is frankly embarrassing,

They will see that others have the luxury of responding to the plight of the white working class, and the perils that face our civilization, by casting runes, or brewing mead.

Mead and runes?  Isn’t that all part of Der Dogma?  No blasphemy, please!


And within that group they will encounter large numbers of folks defending dead, despised dictators that, rightly or wrongly, hundreds of thousands of mostly working class Americans sacrificed their lives in order to depose. Those Americans being their grandfathers and great grandfathers.

Yes, we shouldn’t obsess over Hitler, etc.  We shouldn’t lie about WWII either to satisfy “boomers.” And doesn’t Counter-Currents run pro-Hitler essays and celebrates Saint Adolf’s birthday with posts?

They will see high flown intellectual discussions, usually presupposing the equivalent of a doctoral degree, of authors they have never heard of, and have no time or energy to read after getting home at night from eight solid hours of labor.

That could be construed as a refutation of some of my work, but of course I’ve never asserted that the details of, say, EGI should be used as propaganda to the masses; instead core concepts can be converted into “us vs. them” language of kin and tribe, and used in that manner for political purposes (as my Political EGI posts make clear).

Of course, Costello’s argument here can be used against most of the content of Counter-Currents: isn’t it too intellectual for the proles?  Is your local plumber going to care about Evola and “Savitri Devi?”  But it isn’t meant for the proles, you say.  Very well…my own work is mostly aimed at “movement” activists anyway (or may be dumber than the proles, but that’s another story).


Perhaps worst of all they are going to see chaos and disunity: character assassination, betrayal, rumor-mongering, doxing, trolling, back-biting, gaslighting, etc. 

Can Counter-Currents stop running articles on Friberg already?

They will see, in short, that the movement we offer them is, arguably, no movement at all. In a real sense, it does not exist.

When I say that, I’m “crazy” and “bitter.”  When Costello says it, it’s A-OK. Remind me why my criticisms of Der Movement’s ethnic affirmative action program is wrong.

In sum, the proles will see us as a lot of disaffected, spoiled, bratty, out-of-touch sacks of venom, who have created a little ghetto for ourselves replete with forums in which we may vent and posture without tangible results, and any real consequences. They will see that most of us have nothing in common with them, cannot understand their daily woes, and are entirely irrelevant to their lives.

Does that include posts in which the writer fantasizes about cooking breakfast for an aging mudshark?

And they are also perceptive enough to pick up on the dirty little secret of the Alt Right: namely, that many of us do not really love our race. That in fact we walk around most of the time consumed by hate for other white people, and that many of us have about as much contempt for the working class as your average liberal.

Many Whites – although not necessarily many working-class Whites - deserve to be hated.

The Alt Right has become nothing more than yet another “lifestyle choice” in the vast cornucopia of modern American lifestyles that coexist within the Great Beast, posing no fundamental threat to it. Despite our pretensions to the contrary, our dysfunction, disunity, and surfeit of bad character make us about as big a threat to the system as Wiccans. Who is the “leader” of the Wiccans? Or, who are the leaders? I don’t know, and I don’t care, and I don’t know anyone who knows because Wiccans don’t matter. I’m sure the Wiccan movement has been replete with struggles for power and internecine wars over doctrine and purity, but only Wiccans care about this. To the rest of the world they are simply irrelevant oddballs.

Again, how does any of that really differ from my own criticisms of Der Movement?  Obviously, it’s the messenger, not the message, folks.

So, forget any thoughts about riding the wave of the prole awakening and leading or guiding these folks. We are simply not worthy. Not now, anyway.

Can we become worthy? Here we can certainly be open to the possibility of becoming worthy to lead or guide, but let’s try to avoid falling into the trap of feeling superior to the proles. As a good corrective for our already swollen egos, let’s start by thinking in terms of becoming worthy of joining with them, in common cause. Now how do we do that?

Stop obsessing over a cartoon frog and screaming “Hail Kek?”

The other day a friend said something to me that was quite insightful. He said that a true movement might emerge if the internet were to be wiped away tomorrow. Now, this is not only unlikely but, most will say, undesirable since the internet can be (can be) such a useful tool. But consider it: if the internet ceased to exist the real movement would emerge from the great ocean of trolls and virtual friends. Why?

Because the real movement would consist in the people enterprising enough and committed enough to find some other ways to meet and keep in touch. The trolls and virtual friends would disappear overnight, because they were never really committed in the first place, or were “committed” for all the wrong reasons.
There would be fewer but better White Nationalists.

True enough.

Now, there are two important implications to be drawn out of this thought experiment: (1) The only really committed White Nationalists are those willing and able to form actual communities, as opposed to virtual communities; and (2) it follows from this that ultimately the movement is nothing without actual community, because actual communities are formed by, and attract, the most committed people, and a real movement is a movement of truly committed people. QED.

Fine, as far as it goes.

I submit that the most effective way to form ties with our awakening proles, and to facilitate their greater awakening is to come together with them in real communities.

In order to do this, we in what we already optimistically call “the movement” must overcome our own class snobbery and our tendency to only want to engage with others like ourselves. 

“…only want to engage with others like ourselves.”  In more ways than one, eh?


On more occasions than I can possibly remember my movement friends (virtual and otherwise) have asked, despairingly, “When are people going to wake up?” Well, now they are. But it’s not the sort of people who were always asking this question. Almost everyone I know in the movement has led a life of relative privilege and is college-educated, some with advanced degrees.

“…has led a life of relative privilege”  Speak for yourself.  You did say “almost” so I’ll give you credit for that.

But in the country as a whole, the vast majority of affluent, college educated people are sound asleep — indeed, many of them are monsters of entitlement, selfishness, and hedonism. It is the proles who are waking up — the people I’ve never even really learned to talk to. Honestly, I am just about as alienated from the proles as a limousine liberal. I too have never set foot in a factory (just like Karl Marx!).

Given that almost the entire American manufacturing sector has been outsourced to China, I doubt that many proles have set foot in a factory, either.  Is being a prole merely employment or is it to some degree culture, a lifestyle choice?  There are well-read blue collar folk, as well as the college-educated who “keep up with the Kardashians.”  It’s not so cut and dried.


The only manual labor I have ever done was whiting out errors on my college term papers, back in the old days when we were still using typewriters. My only prole friend — a high school dropout who actually has done manual labor — is really more of a prole wannabe: both his parents have master’s degrees, he’s a successful businessman, and in truth he is an intellectual with a long list of publications.

Serving breakfast to Ann Coulter – does that count as manual labor?

Many on the Alt Right profess to admire aspects of National Socialism, but very few really “get” what was arguably the central feature of that movement, and why it was so powerful at unifying the German people: true, deeply felt love of one’s own. A love that transcended class divisions, whether based on birth or wealth or education. Let us, in fact, borrow some pages from our enemies: love really is the answer; it’s just love of one’s own.

Dead dictators as role models?

And let us also celebrate diversity. The rich diversity of white people: the doctors and plumbers and stock brokers and waiters and professors and farmers and nurses and bricklayers and soldiers and programmers and Walmart greeters and actors and dentists and, yes, even lawyers.

OK, fine.  That should include people rightfully critical of Der Movement as well.  More to the point, does Costello also “celebrate” ethnic diversity among Whites?


And, to a great extent, we must also be tolerant of our people’s peculiarities, so long as they are committed to our cause. For example, it is priggish and dumb to want to run off someone genuinely committed to our cause because now and then in the evening they want to smoke a joint. Or because, through some cruel caprice of Mother Nature, they do something in private with other consenting adults that you wouldn’t do.

Er…what about the need for “good character” as explained below?  How does tolerance for character flaws square with Costello’s call for better men and women?  Inconsistency.

The only true movement is going to consist in loosely-connected, real communities that provide a safe space for white men and women and their families. For white people of all classes. These communities will provide opportunities for socializing and for protection. They will provide positive environments in which to raise children, safe spaces in which forbidden ideas can be expressed, and, at times, they will engage in advocacy and agitation.

This is necessary, but not sufficient.  That’s only one leg of the three. “Loosely-connected communities” are the gardens from which the real flowers of revolutionary activism will grow. The communities are not ends to themselves, as Costello seems to imply. “Loosely connected” of anything will not get the job done in the end.


Doing the hard work of building communities requires good character: dedication, dependability, honesty, genuineness, honor, and selflessness. Ultimately people will only follow and trust and respect those who exemplify these qualities.

Therefore the current “leadership” of the “movement” are out of the running here. Can Costello name any current (or past!) “movement” “leader” who has ever exhibited the full gamut of required character traits?

Aristotle teaches us in his Rhetoric that a necessary precondition of a man giving an effective speech — in other words, of persuading people — is that others must be convinced that he is of good character. Such men, and women, will draw others into a community. And so, the very first thing we must do to create a real movement, is to strive to become better men and women.

I’ve been promoting Codreanu’s Legion and the idea of the New Man since the early 2000s. Interest: none. Understanding: none.  Success: none.

We must disavow vanity, malice, gossip, trolling, and, above all, the suffocating pretensions of the ego. This real movement, if it is to emerge, is not a means to anyone’s ego-gratification. It demands that each of us place the good of the race above his own ego.

Please tell me - where in Der Movement such self-sacrificing idealists exist? Where is the niches where such people can develop and thrive?  Answer to both questions: nowhere. Thus, a New Movement is required.  QED.

There was a saying in Hitler’s Germany: “Du bist nichts, dein Volk ist alles” (you are nothing, your people is everything).

Quoting dem dere dead dictators?

How many do you know in our movement today who are truly living that saying? We must live it — we must live up to it — if we are to truly serve the cause we claim to be championing.

Living up to it: serving breakfast to Ann Coulter?

The goodwill and harmoniousness of communities built by and for individuals with such commitment will draw in others — persuading them that what that community stands for is positive and good. This point is absolutely crucial. The vast majority of people judge ideas not based on the arguments that are presented for them, but on the basis of the character of the people who espouse those ideas. In other words, they look at the “effect” those ideas have in a person’s life. This is especially true of those who have little formal education, and little time to peruse the intricacies of philosophical argument.

Good character, something which, like good judgement, the “movement” is in very short supply of.


In short, the key to building ties with the great number of awakening proles and the key to further radicalizing them is becoming something better than we are now — and coming together with them in real communities. Communities that, needless to say, are high-functioning, welcoming, and convivial, and that have mechanisms for weeding out individuals who are bad news. 

Bad news = 99.99999% of De Movement.

This is not just the key, of course, to building ties with proles, but with others as well. And my larger point, again, is that the only real movement is going to be based in such communities. As for the trolls, let them go their own way. And if men want to vie over who gets to crown himself King of the Trolls, that is fine. It keeps them busy and keeps them out of our way.

Ultimately, the only real “leaders” in this movement are the people who have the dedication, seriousness, and selflessness to build real communities. Such communities are the future of our movement, and the future of our race.

You know I’ve been advocating for community building ever since the early 2000s.  No one listened then and no one listens – to me – now.  Will they listen to the more acceptable messenger Costello? Who knows? But advocating to the masses is only one – the lowest – level or point or leg of The Movement Tripod.  Without building the other two legs will fail – you simply cannot build viable communities with the low quality human material of the “movement.”  Concomitant with community building must be building a New Movement, and to have the New Movement you need to have a sane and rational Elite, with fresh ideas and independent of “movement” dogma, to lead the way.  No one is interested in that because it is at cross purposes with individual agendas, factional interests, empire building – and of course the money-grubbing of “donations.”  One can expect Costello’s arguments to be met with “he’s right, you know” before all those folks go back to brewing mead and scribbling runes on Pepe cartoons.

In any case, at least Costello recognizes the deficiencies of Der Movement.



Labels: , , , , ,