Contra Cosmic American Traditionalism


Nearly a century ago, Mexican politician José Vasconcelos penned La Raza Cosmica (The Cosmic Race), an essay describing the physical, spiritual, and political development of a new hybrid identity comprised of Latin America’s Amerindian, African, and European stock. Over the past century, physical and culture admixture has reached the extent in North America where this proposition has become a reality here, as well.

Like it or not, tens of millions of Americans are now thoroughly integrated into a novel post-White, post-Black, post-native Cosmic American identity. Even millions of Americans with golden hair and sky blue eyes are so firmly committed to and interwoven with the destinies of non-whites that they’re for all intents and purposes lost to any sort of effort to recover an exclusively White identity.

Skanderbeg is one such Cosmic American. He looks forward to the (rather probable) development of a transracial American identity somewhat like Brazil or India, but with its own unique flavor. He foresees a sort of multi-racial, multi-ethnic, North American imperium which tolerates and encourages a variety of religious traditions. Rather than perceiving America as an extension and offspring of Europe (as I do, and as most Americans did up until rather recently), he perceives America in contrast with and as a departure from European civilization.

Opposition to Modernity positively requires broad alliances between historically hostile groups. TradYouth has already, with our support of President Assad in Syria and opposition to neocon belligerency, pioneered a principled support for Muslims fighting the same battle for tribe and tradition against the global oligarchs. We’re developing constructive relationships of trust and mutual respect with Black Nationalist and other identitarian projects, as well. Even here, with multi-racial Traditionalists, our first priority is to work together. While he’s not on board with my particular identity, he’s not opposed to its existence.

As a White Advocate, my first impulse has been to assume White men and women who look forward to a post-white identity are opponents. This is a very destructive and self-defeating way to look at things, one which is way too prevalent in our movement. If we can confirm, with sincerity, that our ethnic advocacy is not a threat to non-whites and post-whites, then our objectives become much more palatable to our target audience and much less geopolitically toxic. As long as the popular conception is that we’re striving to drive every non-white out of the North American continent, we’re not going anywhere.

My Race is not My Nation

There’s a popular misconception about the term “White Nationalist”, perhaps popular enough at this point to abandon the term altogether in favor of a less loaded one. Skanderbeg notes, accurately, that…

[…] joining a white nationalist ethno-state and seeing some random tailor in Sweden, wine maker in Italy, factory worker in Germany, or a secretary in the United Kingdom as my “folk” or my “people” as opposed to the Americans I have known and grown up with and are non-white seems to me, as a betrayal of my lineage.

The popular misconception is that White Nationalism implies a broad pan-racial imperium of all white people. This farcical Whitemanistan is ahistorical, cultureless, religionless, and devoid of soil. It’s essentially a strawman, and very few White Nationalists I’ve associated with endorse it. What the label generally means to the men and women who adopt it in America is the political separation of White Americans from the Cosmic American project.

“White Nationalism” doesn’t mean that I imagine Belgians are “my people”. They’re not. A Belgian nationalist is sort of a White Nationalist, since Belgians are a White ethnic group. My race alone is not my nation. My race alone is not my identity. Whiteness is one defining characteristic of my identity, one which is racially White, English-speaking, and located in North America. There may even be multiple White nations in the present United States. Ethnogenesis is more of an art than a science, and it remains to be seen how White identity in America shapes up (if at all).

My Smart Black Friend

Skanderbeg speaks of his admirable Black friend as if his mere existence implied something about race and identity. I don’t believe it does. I also have some smart Black friends. I have worked with and lived around smart Black people. If the point is that Black people can be intelligent and virtuous, then I heartily agree. They’re still not my people. All sorts of productive, virtuous, traditional, and stable societies can be and have been created with non-whites. But there’s a certain character, a certain spirit, born in the blood, which is unique to my people.

Human Biodiversity is an awkward subject, since the conversation often shifts from acknowledging and accepting our diversity to ranking human populations. Who’s smarter? Who’s stronger? Who’s faster? Who’s more creative? Who’s more aggressive? These questions are as fascinating as they are contentious, but they’re beside the point. Even if Whiteness truly didn’t imply anything about the nature and character of the civilizations founded by White people, I would still have a right to cherish my heritage and band together with others who also cherish that same heritage so that we may pass it along intact to future generations.

White Advocacy is no more about racial supremacy than family loyalty is about familial supremacy. There are children out there who are smarter and better looking than mine, but they’re not my children. The very HBD data which confirms that there are tangible human differences also confirms that East Asians have greater average intelligence. It confirms that ever racial group contains intelligent and productive people. While I’m proud of my White heritage and identity, it’s not out of an inaccurate belief that my identity is the only one worth being proud of.

Why be White?

Skanderbeg asks, “Quite simply, why should I, as an American, identify only with so-called “white” people?”

If only for the promise of preserving the very gene pool which brought us Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, and Henry Ford, preserving Whiteness is a worthy goal. The aesthetic charm and beauty of our women is a gift to the world. The altruistic impulses of our people will continue to reward a world that allows us to carry on existing. If you’ve given your identity some serious consideration and concluded that your European heritage isn’t worth preserving intact, then I respect that and honor your decision.

Race or Religion?

To conclude your essay, you note that “[W]hat concerns me, before anything else, is the salvation of my immortal soul, and achieving the knowledge of Irfan, or Gnosis.” This has become a recurring theme on both sides of our “tribe and tradition” project. Conversely, staunch identitarian colleagues have insisted that I set my faith to the side as a parochial distraction and struggle for my race above all else. A man’s religion is, categorically, that which matters most to him. For me, that’s Christianity, specifically Orthodox Christianity. Some in the Orthodox community have insisted that I must choose between my race and my religion. I won’t, because it’s a false dilemma.

Your Islamic faith has been a rallying point for identities, as well. Much of what’s perceived by America’s neocon media as “Islamic extremism” is really less about Islam than it is about tribal solidarity against a hostile foreign power. Contrary to what our media would have us believe, the Iranian mullahs’ opposition to the “Great Satan” isn’t about hostility to American Christianity. It’s about the Persian peoples resisting the neo-colonial invasion of the Middle East with our multinational corporations, our decadent consumerism, and our irreligious secular nihilism. My goal is to try to persuade the Russian, Iranian, and other nations of the world threatened by our regime to make a distinction between the largely innocent and confused traditional peoples of America and the inexcusable actions of our hostile, decadent, and unaccountable elites.


  • Shotgun

    If we simply see the “cosmic american” as a new tribal identity, then 80 percent of our problems would be solved! Then we’d just have to negotiate between the new cosmic tribes to make sure they’re all playing fair in international politics.

    • KO

      That is the classical liberal ideal. No favors for anyone based on ethnicity or religion. But it disregards the tribal nature of human beings. You can’t just decree a new tribe. It turns into an exploitable sham. As we have seen. But it’s still an attractive dream. If only we didn’t have groups trying to get group favors, trying to change the culture, etc., we could be one happy tribe. But people who think they have a raw deal will reject the contract and do what they can to get a better deal by force, fraud, or persuasion.

    • Shotgun

      KO,

      How is what you’ve said about “cosmic tribalism” not also applicable to other forms of tribalism, and why should we value one over the other?

  • fnn

    Assimilation of even very similar ethnic groups is apparently not so easy:

    http://jaymans.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/more-misdreavus-wisdom-ala-a-troublesome-inheritance/comment-page-1/#comment-36775

    My favorite example of assimilation is southern Sweden, called Scania. It was taken from Denmark 1658, and they still behave as Danes, more ballsy and politically incorrect, more into visual and performing arts etc. Many even want to belong to Denmark and have a referendum about it. And that’s after living in Sweden for 356 years. That’s between two similar countries who have no special ethnic or religious conflicts, disputes over natural resources or anything of that sort.

    Does anyone have any idea what this means for the many American urban and suburban communities (?) with 100 or more different ethnic groups? I guess I’ll have to read Bowling Alone.

  • Opposition to Modernity positively requires broad alliances between historically hostile groups.
    TradYouth has already, with our support of President Assad in Syria and opposition to neocon belligerency, pioneered a principled support for Muslims fighting the same battle for tribe and tradition against the global oligarchs. We’re developing constructive relationships of trust and mutual respect with Black Nationalist and other identitarian projects, as well

    So the Black Nationalist and Muslim groups you hope to build “alliances” with based on “trust and mutual respect,” will they support your opposition to allowing more Somali refugees into our country and small towns?

    • Trainspotter

      Henry Davenport: “So the Black Nationalist and Muslim groups you hope to build “alliances” with based on “trust and mutual respect,” will they support your opposition to allowing more Somali refugees into our country and small towns?”

      An excellent question, Henry. As a white nationalist, it is very easy for me to wish other nationalists well. When I see, for example, video of a Japanese school, full of Japanese (and only Japanese) students, I feel happy for them. How fortunate they are to have their own organic community. How fortunate they are to be spared the abuse and degradation that comes with having halls filled with racial aliens. How fortunate they are to have their own culture, and their own institutions designed entirely for them.

      But are we seeing any evidence whatsoever that non-whites feel happy for us? Or concern? That they care in the slightest about our survival as a people?

      Or is it more reasonable to assume that they are at best utterly indifferent, and more likely enjoy seeing our decline, and relish the prospect that they may be able to fill the vacuum? After all, the status quo of white decline basically means: what’s theirs is theirs, what’s ours is up for grabs.

      Is it not, therefore, more likely that they enjoy the status quo of white genocide?

      It may well be that this is yet another racial difference between us, that we have the capacity to wish others well, whereas the non-whites simply don’t. I hope that isn’t true, and would be very interested if anybody has any convincing evidence to the contrary.

      What I have seen all of my life is whites taking an interest in the well being of non-whites. As I type this, I guarantee that there are whites gathering in church basements to plan some mission to Haiti, or to Africa. I’d further bet that this happens every single night of every single year, at numerous locations. Not government institutions, just average, normal whites acting on their own initiative.

      But where is a single group of non-whites who are gathering, in a single church (or mosque, or temple) basement, to speak out against the murder of our people, the rape, the grooming, the legal discrimination?

      Around here, blacks love to complain about “black on black” crime. But about the massive amount of black on white crime? They never utter a peep. To all appearances, they couldn’t care less. If a white were to go out and slaughter innocent blacks, the white community would be (properly) outraged. Of course, that hardly ever happens. But when blacks do it to whites, which happens quite often? Crickets chirping.

      Again, I’d love to be proven wrong on this. One group, just one, meeting on one night of the last fifty years? Bueller…Bueller…

    • Orthodox Mike

      That is not exactly true Trainspotter. I have met and seen ‘nonwhites’ who sympathize with our plight. Few and far between, to be sure, but then again, it isn’t their problem is it? Our problem is spiritual when all is said and done. We are a suicidal People.

    • No, Orthodox Mike, we are not a “suicidal people,” we are a demoralized people who are being genocided.

    • Orthodox Mike

      Well, what is the answer to demoralization? RE-moralization. We can blame all the culprits all we want, and expose them, but until we are spiritually resurrected, not much will change.

    • Trainspotter

      Orthodox Mike: “Few and far between, to be sure, but then again, it isn’t their problem is it?”

      If whites were out raping and murdering innocent blacks, we would regard it as “our problem.” Whites would actively speak out against those targeting and harming innocent blacks. So yes, with the enormous amount of interracial violence committed by blacks against whites, I’d say it is definitely “their problem.” That’s the way we’d look at it, if the roles were reversed.

      As I say below, I draw a simple conclusion from this: they couldn’t care less. I only point this out as a reality check on proposing alliances with non-whites. I’m all for it if it turns out to be possible, but we certainly need to go into such arrangements with eyes wide open.

  • Trainspotter

    Orthodox Mike: “I have met and seen ‘nonwhites’ who sympathize with our plight.”

    I’m not talking about strays here and there. I too have met the occasional (very occasional) non-white who is sympathetic. But if it never rises above that, if it never even reaches the level of a group in a church basement somewhere, then I think that is very telling.

    Every night of every day of every year, there are groups of whites meeting to discuss and assist blacks, or other non-whites. When has the reverse ever occurred, even in one church for one night? For example, when has an actual group of blacks ever gathered for the purpose of denouncing and preventing black on white crime? I’ve lived in close proximity to blacks for much of my life, and I’ve never heard of such a thing.

    I draw a simple conclusion: they couldn’t care less.

  • George Skanderbeg

    Thank you Matt for your generous response.

    I feel obligated to say two things however. I feel that their is a contradiction with two points you make. The first is that you deny that white nationalism implies a pan-European identity the second, mention as achievements of the white race five various random intellectuals from various corners of the globe in time periods, cultures, and with lineages as unique and distinct from the next. If we want to take your argument to the extreme, I should try to marry a Persian or Arab women to make sure that my children have two noble lineages conjoined into one, my hypothetical future children would have not only the European luminaries who you mention, but also the gems from the Islamic golden era.

    Also, “It’s about the Persian peoples resisting the neo-colonial invasion of the Middle East with our multinational corporations, our decadent consumerism, and our irreligious secular nihilism. My goal is to try to persuade the Russian, Iranian, and other nations of the world threatened by our regime to make a distinction between the largely innocent and confused traditional peoples of America and the inexcusable actions of our hostile, decadent, and unaccountable elites.”

    Iran has an identity which is every bit as much of a “cosmic” identity as the identity you object to, the reason why Persia was renamed Iran under the Pahlevi monarchy is to say, quite simply “We are not Persians, we are Iranians!” If you, or anyone else, were unaware, Iran is home to many ethnicities who have distinctions among themselves, but come together to form a single Iranian identity. In particular, the Azeri minority, who live up north mostly near the Azerbaijan border, were instrumental in leading an Iranian cultural Renaissance in the 20th century. Furthermore, during the Iran-Iraq war, Iraq invaded the Iranian province of Khuzestan thinking that the Arab majority who lived their would happily embrace unity with their ethnic Arab tribesman. Instead, the Arabs of Khuzestan rose up on the side of Iran and were instrumental and driving the Iraqis out of Iran, some of the Iranian Arabs proved to be the greatest war hero’s of Iran, such as the Admiral Ali Shamkhani. So I am glad you referenced Iran, for it provides a positive example of a nation with a Cosmic Identity, as you call it, alongside the United States of America.

    • tradyouth

      The first is that you deny that white nationalism implies a pan-European identity the second, mention as achievements of the white race five various random intellectuals from various corners of the globe in time periods, cultures, and with lineages as unique and distinct from the next. If we want to take your argument to the extreme,

      The White American identity happens to be racially white and culturally Anglo-American. It is pan-European, biologically, with somebody of Italian or Russian ancestry being just as “White American” as my Anglo-Celtic self, presuming he or she has assimilated into this identity. It’s not culturally or politically pan-European.

      If we want to take your argument to the extreme, I should try to marry a Persian or Arab women to make sure that my children have two noble lineages conjoined into one, my hypothetical future children would have not only the European luminaries who you mention, but also the gems from the Islamic golden era.

      My argument wasn’t that the White American identity is worthwhile because it contains those several different European ethnicities. You inferred that. My argument was that all those men were biologically European. I wish to preserve that. I understand that there’s a broader Caucasian definition which would be inclusive of Persians, North Africans, and such. I understand that there are narrower biological categories of Mediterranean, Nordish, and Slavic sub-races being bundled into that. We wish to draw that line at the historical geographical borders of Europe.

      So I am glad you referenced Iran, for it provides a positive example of a nation with a Cosmic Identity, as you call it, alongside the United States of America.

      The “Cosmic” identity is not the identity of the United States of America, yet. Cosmic Americans remain a minority identity group alongside several in a political district with no coherent identity. My job is to guarantee that Cosmic Americans don’t force Amerindians, Black Americans, and White Americans into an unwelcome arrangement which ensures the sublimation and gradual destruction of our identities. The social and political domination of the Cosmic American project within the current political boundaries of the United States is incompatible with the survival of my ethnic group.

  • George Skanderbeg

    “The “Cosmic” identity is not the identity of the United States of America, yet. Cosmic Americans remain a minority identity group alongside several in a political district with no coherent identity. My job is to guarantee that Cosmic Americans don’t force Amerindians, Black Americans, and White Americans into an unwelcome arrangement which ensures the sublimation and gradual destruction of our identities. The social and political domination of the Cosmic American project within the current political boundaries of the United States is incompatible with the survival of my ethnic group.”

    Well there are two problems with this line of thinking, the first is that Henry Ford wasn’t a European, he was an American, so is it about genetics or is it about biology? Furthermore, An American identity is a Cosmic (if you want to call it that) rather you agree with that or not, as an intersection of Amerindian, Black, and European. However I digress, For as I made very clear in my article, I do NOT want the compulsory homogenization of America racially, nor do I renounce my European ancestry, nor do I begrudge those who desire it, the option of opting out of integration if they so choose, as long as they don’t stop me from integrating if I so desire it, so in Truth, our goals are the same. However, with or without the creation of ethno-states, I doubt European-American ancestry will be wiped out, years of living side by side did not era the Persian identity, despite being occupied by the Arabs, Mongols and Turks for centuries, and living alongside Kurds, Baluchis, Armenians, Azeris, Lurs, their culture remains in tact.

  • Fr. John+

    Matt- Ignoring your gracious (and unwarranted) attentions to “Shari’aberg” and his aberrant existence as a presumed American, and a Muslim, I would ask you a question.

    Can one have a Macro-American, as well as a micro-American concept of our people, our nation, and our religion?

    In other words, you wrote that “The popular misconception is that White Nationalism implies a broad pan-racial imperium of all white people. This farcical Whitemanistan is ahistorical, cultureless, religionless, and devoid of soil. It’s essentially a strawman, and very few White Nationalists I’ve associated with endorse it.”

    Well, I disagree. While I find no love lost for exhuberant, loud, crass Italians, I can love and appreciate Verdi and Puccini’s Operas as part of ‘my’ heritage. While I find the passive/aggressive nature of Scandinavians annoying and stupid in the extreme, I yet sing ‘Jeg ar so glad’ each Christmastide, while eating my herring and krumkake, and know it is a defining element of ‘who I am.’

    This is the good side of the ‘macro-American’ identity, which (like the writings of Madison Grant, and Lothrop Stoddard, and yes, even N. Wade’s pusillanimous foray into the same pond with his recent ‘A Troublesome Inheritance’) acknowledges the REAL ‘melting pot’ image for what it was- a fusing, a coming together of the ‘twelve tribes’ as St. James notes in his Epistle. [Jas. 1:1] Disparate identities, but with an over-riding veneer of Anglo-Saxon philosophical premises, English Common Law, the KJV, BCP, and Shakespeare as our linguistic touchstone, while still allowing ‘diversity’ within ‘unity.’ [ Shades of Ps 133;1- Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!]

    The ‘micro-American Identity’ is that which is, or was, exemplified in the older broadcasts of (for me, anyway) Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” – those isolationist, regional differences that somehow seem quaint, folkish, ‘tribal’ that make Minnesota different from Maine, Mississippi from Montana, etc.

    But, as an older White Man, I cannot add to that the heterogenous mixture of satanic counterfeit ‘identity’ or ‘culture’ of the Negro savage, the sodomite ‘rainbow’ radicals, or the Jewish anarchists. They are forever ‘beyond the pale,’ and I think that your willingness to see ‘points of light’ intersecting the Divine Light of the sons of Adam, as confusing the reflection off of our ‘Imago Dei’ and thinking it light from the darker/non-White denizens of the world; when in actuality, all of the non-white races exemplify the image of the title of the book written about the Orient by Ralph Townsend, entitled ‘Ways that are Dark.’

    And, to quote Our Lord “But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! [ Matt. 6:23, New Living Translation]


By: Matt Parrott


Matt is a founding member of TradYouth and is currently the project's Chief Information Officer. He's been active in the White Identity cause for years, primarily as a blogger but also as a street activist and regional organizer.
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