The Fallacy of ‘Foquismo’

by Paul Jones

It’s clear that there are still small groups among the Racial Right in the U.S., and other still predominantly white countries of the world, who are tempted by “foquismo,” which is a theory of guerrilla warfare advocated by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. My view is that it is a tactic which almost always leads to disaster.

The theory, as explained by the website “Marxism in Latin America,” is that “Revolutionaries must create subjective conditions for revolution rather than awaiting the proper objective conditions.” So a revolutionary vanguard is supposed to act ahead of the masses and, by their heroic acts, inspire the not yet fully awakened people out of their lethargy so that they will then support and follow this vanguard.

But the proper tactic is really shown by a scene from one of the best films of all time, “Doctor Zhivago,”  based on the novel by Victor Nabokov and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, in which W.W. I has just broken out and newly enlisted soldiers are marching along the streets of Moscow on their way to the Eastern Front. A Bolshevik Party member has been recruited by the party to enlist and “…organize defeat. From defeat would spring the revolution. And the revolution would be victory for us. The party looked to the conscript peasant, most of whom were wearing a new pair of boots for the first time in their lives…” As the war progressed, and Russian losses against the Germans became unsustainable and supply lines were cut, the boots wore out and soldiers often had to find a weapon from a fallen comrade. “…When the time came, I was able to take two battalions with me out of the front lines, the best day’s work I ever did…When enough of the armies started going home, that was the beginning of the revolution.”

Applying this to the situation in the United States at present, I see the “conscript peasants” as the working class of whites who still enjoy a certain amount of “creature comforts” in a country which is economically First World. Like the conscripts in the film, “Doctor Zhivago,” they still have their “new boots” and are going ahead with their daily lives, mostly oblivious to what is really happening socially and politically. But when “the boots wear out” and a collapse of the economy causes enough of them to become destitute, at that point they will stop blindly “marching ahead” and will finally listen to the Racial Right leaders and become essentially a revolutionary army ready to confront Z.O.G.

But if a Racial Right vanguard of relatively few individuals tries to practice “foquismo,” without waiting for the objective conditions of the white masses to change, they are going to get nowhere. They’ll be on the path of Che Guevara, who went to Bolivia in 1966 and thought that with a few dedicated revolutionaries they could stir up the peasants to join in his cause. Instead, very few came over to his side, and his small group was eventually cornered and captured by the Bolivian Army and Che was subsequently executed.


So while I know that there are some who are anxious and frustrated at the slow pace of awakening of the vast majority of the whites in this country, while those of us already in the ranks of the Racial Right can see clearly the fate of our people which is planned for them, realistically speaking the only pragmatic approach is to try and keep waking them up in the hope that a collapse of the present economic system occurs which will be the objective condition necessary for a white revolution against Z.O.G. to gain traction. At that point enough whites will begin to “desert” the present anti-white system to allow a successful confrontation with the Zionist power structure.

The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Our diversity is our greatest strength.

After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.”

Reaction to Carlson’s question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.

Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?

From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration.

Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of which — Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia — have since split further along ethnic lines.

Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had done.

Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven separate nations.

And even as we proclaim diversity to be our greatest strength, nations everywhere are recoiling from it.

The rise of populism and nationalism across Europe is a reaction to the new diversity represented by the Arab, Asian and African millions who have lately come, and the tens of millions desperate to enter.

Center-left and center-right parties are losing ground in European elections because they are seen as feckless in meeting what more and more indigenous Europeans believe to be an existential threat — mass migration from across the Med.

Japan’s population has ceased to grow, and each year brings fewer toddlers into its schools. Yet Tokyo resists the racial and ethnic diversity greater immigration would bring. Why, if diversity is a strength?

What South Koreans dream of is uniting again with the 22 million separated members of their national family who live in the North, but share the same history and blood.

This summer, in its Basic Law, Israel declared itself an ethnonational state and national home of the Jewish people. African migrants crossing the Sinai to seek sanctuary in Israel are unwelcome.

Consider China, which seeks this century to surpass America as the first power on earth. Does Xi Jinping welcome a greater racial, ethnic and cultural diversity within his county as, say, Barack Obama does in ours?

In his western province of Xinjiang, Xi has set up an archipelago of detention camps. Purpose: Re-educate his country’s Uighurs and Kazakhs by purging them of their religious and tribal identities, and making them and their children more like Han Chinese in allegiance to the Communist Party and Chinese nation.

Xi fears that the 10 million Uighurs of Xinjiang, as an ethnic and religious minority, predominantly Muslim, wish to break away and establish an East Turkestan, a nation of their own, out of China. And he is correct.

What China is doing is brutalitarian. But what China is saying with its ruthless policy is that diversity — religious, racial, cultural — can break us apart as it did the USSR. And we are not going to let that happen.

Do the Buddhists of Myanmar cherish the religious diversity that the Muslim Rohingya of Rakhine State bring to their country?

America has always been more than an idea, an ideology or a propositional nation. It is a country that belongs to a separate and identifiable people with its own history, heroes, holidays, symbols, songs, myths, mores — its own culture.

Again, where is the evidence that the more Americans who can trace their roots to the Third World, and not to Europe, the stronger we will be?

Is the Britain of Theresa May, with its new racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a stronger nation than was the U.K. of Lloyd George, which ruled a fourth of mankind in 1920?

Was it not the unity Bismarck forged among the diverse Germanic peoples, bringing them into a single nation under the Kaiser in 1871, that made Germany a far stronger and more formidable power in Europe?

Empires, confederations and alliances are multiethnic and multicultural. And, inevitably, their diversity pulls them apart.

The British Empire was the greatest in modern history. What tore it apart? Tribalism, the demands of diverse peoples, rooted in blood and soil, to be rid of foreign rule and to have their own place in the sun.

And who are loudest in preaching that our diversity is our strength?

Are they not the same people who told us that democracy was the destiny of all mankind and that, as the world’s “exceptional nation,” we must seize the opportunity of our global preeminence to impose its blessings on the less enlightened tribes of the Middle East and Hindu Kush?

If the establishment is proven wrong about greater diversity bringing greater strength to America, there will be no do-over for the USA.

Another video game envisioning a Balkanized America

Next Wednesday the Fortnite champion player Ninja will repeat pro-White slogans suggested by donors on Twitch. Just as a previous generation of millenials which grew up to be the Alt Right largely began by LOLberging unPC cringe on X Box, Gen Z is radicalizing while they recreate, too.

Here is another video game which gets them thinking and talking about the possibility of the United States of America balkanizing into competing regional mini-states.

How Plausible is the Balkanized America from Crimson Skies? (A Map Analysis)

Video on Youtube. 

No, we don’t live in the best of all possible worlds…

A division not of states, but of peoples.

Just as the ShieldWall Network does not believe in equality and interchangeability between the races, nor equality within our race, not every place in states which contain seedbed White ethnostates are equally viable for White flight refugees. St. Louis and Little Rock are not good places to make a stand, even though they are in Missouri and Arkansas, respectively. It is southern Missouri and northern Arkansas where Ozarkia lies, and not even every town and county is equal demographically within it. That’s why we encourage those moving here to contact us for information on locales most conducive to accepting White flight refugees first, rather than just showing up or searching for property online.

Arkansas, for example, is two distinct states culturally and demographically, broadly defined as New Afrika in the south and east and Ozarkia in the north and west, a demarcation generally defined by I-30 running diagonally southwest to northeast. Here is a comparative compilation of data on some cities in the state, as instructive models:

The data shows that these 8 cities are currently among the most dangerous in the Natural State for 2018:
Pine Bluff
In Pine Bluff 20.96% of the population is Caucasian.
In Pine Bluff 76.63% of the population is African American.
In Pine Bluff 0.96% of the population is Asian.
Little Rock
In Little Rock 51.01% of the population is Caucasian.
In Little Rock 41.89% of the population is African American.
In Little Rock 2.95% of the population is Asian.
In Blytheville 39.36% of the population is Caucasian.
In Blytheville 59.06% of the population is African American.
In Blytheville 0.22% of the population is Asian.
Forrest City
In Forrest City 28.55% of the population is Caucasian.
In Forrest City 65.40% of the population is African American.
In Forrest City 0.40% of the population is Asian.
West Memphis
In West Memphis 32.84% of the population is Caucasian.
In West Memphis 63.50% of the population is African American.
In West Memphis 0.68% of the population is Asian.
El Dorado
In El Dorado 47.88% of the population is Caucasian.
In El Dorado 49.50% of the population is African American.
In El Dorado 0.64% of the population is Asian.
In Hope 44.23% of the population is Caucasian.
In Hope 45.09% of the population is African American.
In Hope 0.00% of the population is Asian.
The data shows that these 8 cities are currently among the safest in the Natural State for 2018:
In Greenbrier 95.14% of the population is Caucasian.
In Greenbrier 1.90% of the population is African American.
In Greenbrier 0.43% of the population is Asian.
In Lowell 85.81% of the population is Caucasian.
In Lowell 0.71% of the population is African American.
In Lowell 4.31% of the population is Asian.
Bella Vista
In Bella Vista 95.74% of the population is Caucasian.
In Bella Vista 0.83% of the population is African American.
In Bella Vista 0.82% of the population is Asian.
In Greenwood 96.06% of the population is Caucasian.
In Greenwood 0.06% of the population is African American.
In Greenwood 0.74% of the population is Asian.
In Bentonville 81.62% of the population is Caucasian.
In Bentonville 2.65% of the population is African American.
In Bentonville 10.23% of the population is Asian.
In Cabot 92.38% of the population is Caucasian.
In Cabot 1.17% of the population is African American.
In Cabot 1.58% of the population is Asian.
In Batesville 87.00% of the population is Caucasian.
In Batesville 3.78% of the population is African American.
In Batesville 2.30% of the population is Asian.
Mountain Home
In Mountain Home 97.04% of the population is Caucasian.
In Mountain Home 0.35% of the population is African American.
In Mountain Home 0.32% of the population is Asian.
Do you notice anything interesting between the best and worst places to live in Arkansas?


What will it take to start a domestic conflict?

From: Forward Observer

“It will never happen.”

That’s often a response I get when I start talking about why I think we’re headed towards a domestic conflict. Never mind that we’re seeing the early warning hallmarks of a civil war/domestic conflict; most people can’t be bothered to consider the possibility. But, in fact, we’re probably already in a very low grade domestic conflict and we’re just waiting to see when/if it goes hot.

Here’s the key thing about our future conflict: it won’t be a conventional war. We’re not talking about tanks in the streets or bombing insurgents into submission. The combatants of tomorrow won’t take part in pitched battles of maneuver warfare, but they’ll engage in what we’re already seeing:

  • political warfare
  • economic warfare
  • information operations/propaganda
  • cultural/class war
  • sporadic political violence

In other words, our war includes all the activities below the threshold of conventional war, but above routine, peaceful competition. Calls to boycott Tesla because Elon Musk donated to Congressional Republicans is an example of economic warfare. Boycotts of all stripes and terminating employment based on political affiliation is economic warfare; it’s intended to damage the livelihoods of political opponents. The steady stream of labeling as “fascist” and “Nazi” those who aren’t actually fascists or Nazis is information warfare intended to de-humanize political opponents and make them easier to target. Fomenting racial animosity and class war is a great indicator of social unrest because one of the requisites of domestic conflict is a politicized social base with a grievance; the bigger the grievance, the more the unrest. Politicized social bases who arm themselves to solve their grievances, instead of solving them through political channels, start insurgencies and revolutions. Violence against civilians to achieve political goals is terrorism. (We’re seeing examples of all these things, as reported in the National Intelligence Bulletin.)

It’s increasingly likely that we’ll arrive at a point where one or more of these politicized social bases arrives at the conclusion that their problems can’t be solved through political channels, or that nonviolent solutions are less preferable than violent ones. Some will scoff, but there’s a very good chance that we have another recession within the next few years. High youth unemployment is a universal early warning indicator of civil unrest, and we’re likely to see high youth unemployment during the next recession (and especially so as automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence change our economic landscape). We should absolutely consider the possibility not just that a domestic conflict is possible, but that it’s probably already here — again, just a very low level.

Let’s address the psychology of violence in general and compare it to domestic conflict. At an individual level, why is anyone moved to violence? Why do people engage in seemingly irrational behavior (like indiscriminate or targeted violence)? Because they feel that violence is justified or they’re able to rationalize their decisions (i.e., violence against “fascists” is rationalized because “the mere existence of a fascist is an inherently violent act”). Why did a shooter attempt to murder Republican congressmen last year? Because he was able to rationalize the violence against them (“Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”, according to his Facebook post). The media greatly aids in extending the myth of fascist Trump (he’s obviously no fascist), and the constant drum beat of victim pimping over issues of class, race, privilege, and capitalism perpetuate a grievance and victimhood culture. It’s this resentment, especially over issues of race and class, that’s historically been exploited to move people to violence.

At a broader level, countrymen (politicized social bases) go to war against themselves when the alternative to war (i.e., being dominated or conquered) is less preferable than fighting, and they feel that they can or should use violence to achieve their political objectives. War in America will increasingly look like tribal and gang conflict, but along the lines of politics, culture, race/ethnicity, and class, and armed with the tools of economic and information warfare that ultimately generates violence.

According to a recent Rasmussen survey, nearly one-third of Americans believe that the U.S. will have some kind of civil war within the next five years. In that same poll, half of all Americans felt that the country was more divided as a result of the Obama administration, which divided Americans by race/ethnicity and class for eight years. [source] You can’t create fault lines to exploit for political gain, and then complain later when there’s an earthquake… yet that’s exactly where we are.

No one can tell the future, but we can identify trends. We are trending towards more social upheaval, spurred on by demographic and cultural shifts (“America is for us” nationalists vs “America is for everyone” internationalists; traditionalists/conservatives vs progressive globalists; capitalists vs socialists/communists) and technological advancement (machine learning, automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics which will be very economically disruptive). All these factors will change the political landscape in America, and we should be open to the potential for generational war because that’s how long this domestic conflict could last until it can be resolved. (For some context, the Irish Troubles lasted roughly 30 years.)

Those are my thoughts this morning.

Always Out Front,

Samuel Culper


More reasons to move to a White ethnostate seedbed.

US Murders Concentrated in Non-White Counties

Sixty-eight percent of all murders in the U.S. occur in just 5 percent of counties – all of them concentrated in nonwhite-inhabited regions, a new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center has shown.

Some Civic Nationalists argue that race doesn’t matter. They say that even if the Naturalization Act of 1790 did limit citizenship to Whites, the Founders did not remove alleged nonWhite citizenship from nonWhites already here which had been granted under the Constitution. In saying this, they reveal their ignorance of U.S. history, since the Constitution hadn’t even been ratified at that time. CivNats are Tories, like the British Loyalists in the first Revolution, and are our enemy.

In Ozarkia, we have over 100 contiguous counties which are over 90% White. No place is perfect, but this is about as good as it gets, racially and culturally, in Weimerica. Some people say they are “making a stand” in majority nonWhite areas, rather than immigrating to our future homelands. There were Whites who made a stand in the Valley of the Little Big Horn with Custer, and behind the walls of the Alamo with Travis, and on the decks of the Titanic with the band, too. We’ll press F for them when SHTF.

Our ancestors had the good sense to vote with their feet moving across the continent from the East Coast, and to the East Coast from Europe before that, leaving behind their jobs and security and making a new life for themselves and their families in a better place. The best of our people are no less brave and adventurous today, than our ancestors were back then.

Fifty years ago, Billy Roper’s parents, one from south Arkansas and the other from southern Louisiana, met in southern Mississippi and recognized even then the demographic destiny of the darkening deep south. They researched and planned their move to north Arkansas, where Ozarkia continues to develop as a new generation travels in their wagon ruts. Today, he calls you home, to a place that feels like the home you’ve never had.

Ironically, the British tried to keep the American colonists in one place, too, by discouraging them from migrating, in the Royal Proclamation of 1763. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now, Tories. You can’t keep our people under your thumb. They are waking up and moving on up. Cue ‘The Jefferson’s’ theme song.

It took a whole of trying, just to get up the hill. But now, we’re up in the big leagues. It’s our turn at bat. As long as we live, it’s you and me, baby, and ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

We finally got a piece of the pie…

Turn out the lights, the Party’s over…

In another sign of increasing balkanization cementing the fact that the deep south is becoming New Afrika, a Georgia town has become the first to have a criminal justice system made up entirely of black women. This follows the trend illuminated in ‘Ethnostate’, of blacks moving back to the black belt, widening and deepening it, and Whites responding by moving to the upper south. Ozarkia and East Tennessee are just the two most prominent examples of this ongoing phenomenon as emerging seedbed ethnostates.

The anectdotal evidence compiled during the recent travels to and from the ShieldWall Network meeting in the delta of south Arkansas, as well as to central Tennessee, bear out the census data and shifting demographic statistics. As The Balk nears, more and more people anticipate the end of multiracial democracy. It will not end peacefully. Law and Order will not be maintained. For a time, chaos and anarchy will ensue. In many areas, the law of the jungle will return. The color of our skins will be our uniforms of war. There will be no mediators, no referees, no cops to protect the degenerates from the righteous fury of the people. Literally, it will quickly be seen whether the far right or the far left is more ruthless. The winners will stand victorious on the bodies of those who were just trolling and LARPing.

In “How the South Won The Civil War”, Brett Stevens astutely observes that the entire system is now irrevocably headed to failure and collapse. That doesn’t bode well for those dependent on it.

Billions of people are still alive only because it’s currently illegal to kill them. Will that protection always remain in place? What would the “revolutionary” left do, without the establishment to protect them?

A new article on the SPLC website helpfully directs their readers, many of whom are actually White Nationalists who use the anti-White website for networking purposes, to The Roper Report article on the Knoxville assault on a Christian protester, even though their typically shoddy reporting incorrectly identifies that protester.

“…In fact, Dutton’s involvement might have been overlooked if not for Billy Roper, a long-time white nationalist who has sought to grow his infamy as racist ideologies push for mainstream prominence in the era of Trump. 

In reaction to Dutton’s arrest, Roper claimed on his blog that Dutton was a “lone Christian protester who was assisted by pro-Whites who came to his aid, ending the assault and resulting in one arrest on the Christian side…”

The author of the poorly written SPLC article, a failed former journalist named Ryan Lenz, is almost as butch as Heidi, but not quite. It would be obvious to any honest reader of The Roper Report that Kynan Dutton was coming to the aid of the lone Christian protester who was being attacked by transvestites and other Antifa, including Chris Irwin, when the alleged altercation took place. But at least Roper-obsessed Suzy Buchanan kept her calves together for this writing assignment, for once.

Now, imagine what will happen when the Balk takes place. Economic collapse. Grid failure. EBT cards won’t work, and grocery deliveries to cities will slow to a trickle anyway without fuel to move them. Government will abdicate power or find itself unable to exercise it as it cannot pay its muscle, law enforcement and the military (both racially mixed and mercenary) to follow orders. Police and soldiers will take their toys and go home to defend their families and communities, or frag their officers and mutiny and divide up into opposing sides of the civil war.

Red vs. Blue, White Nationalists vs. Antifa. When the lights go out and don’t come back on, what will happen? When there are no more whores enforcing the laws of men in between God’s enemies and His laws, what will be their fates? This is strictly a hypothetical scenario, but it does illustrate why the left are such strident supporters of the establishment, and vice-versa. Their lives depend on it. Being establishment slaves is an existential issue for the Left. Without it, the ash heap of history gets a little higher.

A Second American Civil War?

Discuss the Balk Right and Ethnostates Tonight!

The call in number will be 724-444-7444, and the show id is 137496
Tonight, Friday, May 25th, at 8 pm Eastern time, there will be a live roundtable discussion of The Balk Right and the rise of future White ethnostates after balkanization.

Here is the link for the live chat to participate in and listen live while you wait for your turn to call in. Co-hosted by Billy Roper, Coordinator of The ShieldWall Network and the author of Ethnostate.

 I encourage all of our people, and especially thought leaders such as yourself, to share your ideas about the coming breakup of America and future ethnostates. Tom Kawczynski will also join us, not just to discuss his New Albion White ethnostate plan in the northeast but his ongoing project and book, too.

Join us tonight for this crucial live roundtable discussion!

Balkanization & Back To Blood


The American Conservative

Politico has a fascinating story from Minnesota, about the fight splitting up the foundation started by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone’s family and supporters.  A majority of the board of Wellstone Action, which trains progressive activists, kicked the senator’s sons off the board. Why? They cared too much about rural poor white people. Excerpt:

Founded after Wellstone’s death in a plane crash in 2002, Wellstone Action has trained thousands of progressive candidates, campaign operatives and community organizers throughout the country, with alumni serving in local and state offices and in the U.S. House. In 2016, the last year for which tax filings were available, the group reported providing training to 2,135 data and digital strategists, 723 nonprofit leaders and community organizers, and 854 aspiring political leaders.

David Wellstone and other Democrats close to his father began objecting last year to what he described as Wellstone Action’s abandonment of disaffected Democrats in the rural Midwest — the rural poor were an early focus of the late senator — with an increasingly narrow focus on gender politics and people of color.

“I said, ‘After Trump, we’ve got to figure out how we are going to go back after those Democrats that we lost,” David Wellstone said. “We can do all the stuff we do. We do great stuff on communities of color, we’re doing great stuff on gender identity politics. But we need to do some of these other trainings. … Nobody wanted to have a discussion about that.”

Read the whole thing. 

Serious question: how many people think that having a truly liberal, non-identity politics is possible anymore? On this day in which Tom Wolfe’s death was announced, I’m reminded of this passage from his final novel, Back To Blood. The speaker is a character named Edward Topping IV, a white American who, in Wolfe’s fiction, is editor of the Miami Herald:

“Everybody… all of them… it’s back to blood! Religion is dying… but everybody still has to believe in something… So, my people, that leaves only our blood, the bloodlines that course through our very bodies, to unite us. ‘La Raza!’ as the Puerto Ricans cry out. ‘The Race!’ cries the whole world. All people, all people everywhere, have but one last thing on their minds – back to blood!”

The novel (which is not very good, or at least not the part I read until I gave up from boredom) is about ethnic cultural conflict in contemporary Miami. Tom Wolfe built his entire career as an observer of status in American life. I wonder what he thought of what was going on in Trump’s America, and how we were dividing over race and other identity markers. Look at this headline from an essay in The Forwardtoday: “Intersectionality Has Abandoned Jews. Should We Abandon Intersectionality?” If the emerging left-wing politics has no role for poor, rural, and working-class white people, and a diminished role for Jews, will they turn to the Right? What about white gays, as the gay rights issue fades among Republicans (the GOP leadership already doesn’t care about it, and it’s going to become a non-issue as older Republicans die off).

If thinking about American politics this way makes you uncomfortable, well, I think it should. But progressives — the kind of progressives who kicked Paul Wellstone’s sons off the Wellstone Action board for caring more about economics than identity politics — are driving this train. David French writes:

Linker’s essay reminds me of a recent Remnant podcast with Jonah Goldberg and Michael Brendan Dougherty. I’m paraphrasing, but Michael made the point that the Left is simultaneously crowing about the decline of the white voter while scolding any white voter who racializes their politics. A message that essentially declares, “Ha! White people your time is over!” and “It’s racist for you to care” is unsustainable outside progressive academies or corporations. [Emphasis mine — RD]

The answer isn’t for politics to strive to ignore race. To ignore the role of race and racism in American history (or the American present) is to ignore reality. But I can think of few developments more destructive than doubling-down on racial identity as the defining strategy for coalition-building. Given the fact that American demographics are hardly changing at the same rate in every community, this is a recipe for Balkanization and division far more than it’s a recipe for Democratic dominance.

Another serious question: what are the meaningful forces in American culture that push back against racial balkanization and other forms of identity-politics balkanization? Can they be strengthened?

A final question: It is a Noble Lie that America only started practicing identity politics recently. Our politics have always had a strong racial and ethnic element. Sometimes they were nakedly present (e.g., Southern segregationist Democrats’ appeals), but more often they were submerged in the peaked waves of meringued rhetoric like Woodrow Wilson’s speeches about how ethnicity doesn’t matter in America. Is it better to be honest, or will we miss the Noble Lie when it is gone?

UPDATE: A view from across the Pacific, from reader Seoulite:

To frame this in terms of race, with a view from an outsider:

The US originally was a white empire with black slaves which became a white dominated multi-ethnic empire. Until now this has been relatively stable because: 1) there was one undisputed majority group, and 2) economic and political ascendancy allows people to look past a lot of grievances. Like an indebted gambler who’s still on a winning streak, those niggling problems seem like far away things to be tackled some other day.

Now that whites are no longer the undisputed dominant group (at least in the mind of the people, not yet in reality), the empire is starting to fracture as do all multi-ethnic empires. Think of what is holding China together: 1) economic prosperity, 2) the relentless dominance of the Han Chinese. If the economy was seriously faltering or Beijing started giving an equal voice to any and all identity groups, how long do you think the country would hold together?

So in answer to your questions Rod:

1) non-identity politics is no longer possible because there is now a feedback loop. Identity politics grants one power, which means more people in power are identity politicians, which strengthens identity politics, and so on. Heck, many groups aren’t even really in the game yet. Whites haven’t yet taken the field in earnest under this new paradigm. Nor have East Asians, or those from the Subcontinent. Let alone black Africans. It could also be argued that hispanic identity politics is still nascent, as the conversation in America is still dominated by black-white history. This identity politics thing has barely even begun.

2) The meaningful forces that could have held the US together were civic nationalism and Christianity.

We have already begun to see some groups reject civic nationalism outright (#NotMyPresident, #TakeAKnee, pulling down statues, renaming buildings, Founding Fathers were racist, etc). It clearly does not have the power to unite people anymore. Or those who previously rejected it no longer feel the need to keep quiet.

The Church, as you’ve said many times, is weakening. The only religion that could hold the US together would be a muscular (Islam-style) Christianity that strongly rejected racial identity while enforcing Christian identitarianism. This of course would be rejected out of hand by atheists, liberal Christians, and any others who believe that multi-faith, multi-ethnic empires are sustainable. It is far too late for any of that.

As I’ve written above, this has barely begun. The legacy of slavery narrative is still so loud that other conflicts are being drowned out, but as time goes by this black vs white history of America will be replaced by a multitude of voices. I’m thinking of the political battles between Asians and Hispanics in California. Or Hispanics and Blacks in California. Or Muslims and whites in Michigan. The list goes on and on.

The story of the American Dream requires prosperity and American exceptionalism to unite people. If the USA is no longer #1, what is this American Dream and why would an immigrant from North Africa care who died in the civil war and what they blasphemed about one nation under a false god?