They have no single “Grand Poobah” holding them back.
While I tend to be critical of White Nationalism 2.0 (the Beavis-and-Butthead Alt Right) and their pretensions of being ever-so-superior to White Nationalism 1.0 (the Pierce model), I do have some positive things to say about the WN 2.0 crowd.
The fact that the 2.0 folks are much more decentralized than we 1.0 folks used to be (I’m talking about my analog activism period “back in the day”) is helpful in getting things done. Now, often (i.e., almost always) the things that get done are stupid and counter-productive, but at least for the purposes of spreading chaos and promoting balkanization, it’s sometimes a net good. It’s true that the times are more propitious for street activism now than it was in the past, with the declining racial status of Whites combined with Trump’s incoherent wrecking ball campaign and “train wreck” Presidency, and the presence of the Internet is another important factor promoting a more decentralized “do-it-yourself” activism, but, still, a major factor is the Millennial free-wheeling independence of 2.0 to do things without needing “permission” from some “movement”-appointed affirmative action Fuhrer.
It’s not like we WN 1.0 folks ~20 years ago didn’t want to do “in real life” street activism. We did. I remember some of the more rambunctious fellows at meetings had to be “restrained” like attack dogs on a leash. But, we were told, you see, "you are political soldiers” and have to subject yourselves to the discipline of the “national leadership” and “follow directions” like good little boys. By some strange coincidence – I’m shocked, shocked! – the only activities we were allowed were those that were directly or indirectly tin cup panhandling for the “national office.” Buy books! Buy tapes! Buy all the pre-made, moronic, locally-irrelevant “propaganda materials!” Pay your “membership dues!” Distribute stickers and leaflets, which were nothing more than membership and fundraising for the selfsame “national office.” Have pathetically infrequent meetings in the “little rooms” (as per the Dresden song) to discuss distributing more leaflets or putting stickers on bus stops. Strike a blow for the White race! Buy more of the pre-printed garbage displayed on the table! And if someone had the idea of designing their own propaganda that was actually relevant to current events and particularly relevant to the locale in question? No, no, a thousand times, no! After all, the propaganda had to be “professional” and “standardized” – code words for funneling the shekels to the Grant Poobah for laughably irrelevant, uninspiring, and tiresomely boring material produced by the budding Goebbels of our heroic leadership. Really, we weren’t allowed to use the restroom at a meeting without getting approval from the “national office.” And so nothing got done, people got discouraged, and the whole enterprise collapsed.
WN 2.0, for all its faults, is too independent of mind, too free-wheeling, too proud of its own freedom, to be constrained by rent-seeking martinets and their calls for a highly centralized, vertical command structure, where orders flow downward and the shekels flow upward.
Yes, the 2.0 folks need to ditch the Beavis-and-Butthead attitudes, the tragicomic cosplay optics at rallies, and have better planning, strategy, and tactics. But, at least they have the freedom of action to get things done. Those “things” need to be done better and more professionally, but they do need to get done. They should learn a lesson how WN 1.0 activism was “smothered in its crib” by self-seeking quota queens play-acting as Der Fuhrer, and the blind obedience of 1.0 activists to the prancing martinets, as opposed to just organizing among themselves to get things done.