Yes, I’m responding to Alex Linder’s podcast [Not Safe For Work], and I don’t apologize for doing so. He’s an intelligent, persuasive, and charismatic White Nationalist whose hateful, profanity-laden, and sophomoric tirades are interlaced with substantial criticisms which warrant a response.
Linder suggests that I’m confused for hosting this wide range of perspectives. If so, I’ve been confused from day one of the project, having kicked it off with a Mission Statement outlining the broad coalition we’re attempting to build. Orthodox Max and Mike aren’t even “White Nationalists”, and TradYouth is inclusive of their perspectives. Their message is perfectly at home with and consistent with the overarching project here, which is designed to build dialogues, relationships, and bridges between the identitarian and traditionalist schools and communities of fellowship.
His target was our recent article by Orthodox Max (reposted by Orthodox Mike) entitled “Laying Down the Gauntlet: a Critique of Racism and Liberalism.” Beneath all the predictable atheist snark is his claim that religion is integrally universalist and therefore leads naturally and directly to racial relativism. For all of his full-throated anti-semitism, he frames Jewish subversion as a merely opportunistic infection, with the root cause of Western decline being Christianity and its aversion to his “realitarianism”. Even the vast majority of atheists are in his estimation “post-Christians”, and Christianity manages to find itself accountable for the legions of anti-Christian anti-Whites. And if the Jews are still to blame, it’s only because Christianity is supposedly a Jewish scheme.
This assertion, that “Religion and Liberalism are flip-sides of the same coin” is similar to the folk religionist variant which accuses Christians of being integrally “universalist” while their pagan religion is specifically European. Within this dichotomy, any and all abstract moral frameworks are threats to our racial survival, and Christianity merely happens to be the most prevalent threat. Conversely, our racial survival supposedly depends on adopting a moral framework similar to the modern Jewish religion, wherein you have one morality for the chosen and one morality for the goyim.
In the abstract, this seems plausible; but only in the abstract. In practice, Linder’s demonstrably incorrect. “Christianity” is a very broad term inclusive of a wide array of rather distinct traditions and belief systems. Within the podcast itself, Linder goes into detail about his own Christian Science upbringing, with a curious faith tradition which is perhaps as alien to Orthodoxy as it is to Linder’s own materialist existentialism. “Christianity” is inclusive of single seed, dual seed, British Israelite, and Latter-Day Saint denominations which all employ variants of moral parochialism. Furthermore, “Christianity” is also inclusive of “kinism“, Catholic communitarianism, and Orthodox Nationalism which adopt a “universal particularist” (or pluriversalist) approach to racial and ethnic identity.
The majority of European folk religionists and folk religionist institutions denounce “racism” as vigorously as any mainstream American Christian. Needless to say, the vast majority of humanist and existentialist atheists are vehemently anti-White. This is what’s so queer about Linder’s alleged realitarianism. If White Survival follows so naturally and directly from skepticism of Christianity and rejection of universal moral frameworks, then why are Linder and his ilk so exceedingly rare?
They’re rare because Alex Linder’s metapolitical premises are false.
Linder’s problem is that he’s an idealist. Pretensions of gritty vulgar realism aside, he’s a gifted abstract thinker at home in the realm of ideas. We’re all guilty of the perception bias whereby we project our own thinking patterns onto others. We have no other model for how others think than ourselves, so our theory of mind for those around us gravitates towards our own. In another time and place, Linder would have made a superb priest, alas the corruption of himself and of the Church in this fallen age has set the two interminably at odds. Our plight is about power, not ideas.
Under Linder’s ironically dubbed “realitarianism”, our plight is really just a matter of some bad ideas we’ve adopted. According to this magical thinking, White folks just need to brush off our Christian faith, our humanization of non-whites, and our social anxiety about taking those bold steps.
Our problem is one of power dynamics, of our being under the boot heel of mercantile elites whose profiteering trumps our survival and Jewish oligarchs whose historical ressentiment of Western Christendom is the hormetic glue keeping secular Jewry in the shtetl. And the only way to transcend this power dynamic is through a vanguard of crusaders with a transcendent ideal revolting against it.
Linder, being well-versed in E. Michael Jones and other dissident Christian authors, has been thoroughly familiarized with the weight and scope of influence, blackmail, and corruption brought down upon institutional Christianity in the West. Institutional Christianity has been castrated and crippled, alongside every other institution which posed a credible threat to the Judeo-Masonic deep state. Even institutions as integrally parochial as Asatruism are parroting the anti-White line, encouraging Africans and East Asians alike to join them in worship of their Nordic nature gods. It could not possibly be more obvious that the Christian family of belief systems themselves and their “universalism” are entirely beside the point.
Moral universalism and Christianity are nowhere near the root cause of the problem. In fact, I believe that moral universalism in the form of Radical Traditionalism; and Christianity, more specifically Orthodox Christianity, are the best hope for a solution. The egoistic individualism Alex Linder promotes (without consistently subscribing to in practice) is that which Europe’s mercantile elite promoted within Christianity during the Protestant Reformation, paving the way for the cascade of subversions of identity and tradition which have followed. It’s the actual ideological entrapment which we must break free from before our identities and traditions can be effectively defended.
The belief in something transcending self (that which Linder snidely refers to as our being ants in an ant hill) is precisely what we must embrace. The deification of self which libertarians like Linder subscribe to is integrally incompatible with our survival because our survival positively requires a remnant vanguard of men and women willing and able to sacrifice themselves for the collective survival of the transcendent whole. For a man who is his own god, the cause of survival can never and will never progress beyond anonymous kvetching because that’s as far as his activism can go before it becomes a form of deicide.
Linder chortles that existentialists like themselves can confirm their godhood with the act of lifting their fingers, and yet how few of these fingers are lifted in pursuit of anything transcending self-interest in this Mercantile Age of self-worship and self-service? Can we ever expect these doughnut glaze and cheese powder encrusted fingers of the Modern World to rise in defiance of social censure, death, or even impoverishment in defense of their tribes, their ancestors, or their progeny? Linder has, to his credit, managed to relegate himself to a rather ascetic existence as a social pariah in defense of family and folk despite his stated beliefs, earning himself a prominent voice before the tens of thousands of anonymous followers for whom our worldly salvation from a horrific future as the disempowered and hated minority is little more than a scintillating intellectual exercise.
The day when arguing and fighting for our survival becomes compatible with the modern individualist paradigm will come immediately after the day that collectivists who believe in a reality transcending their lone egos lay down their lives to make that day possible.
I fancy myself a big fan of reality, too. I believe “realitarianism” is perfectly compatible with being a Christian. I’m also a big fan of science and I’m always looking for opportunities to cut through the rhetoric and abstractions in search of a firm test of our hypotheses. Linder’s hypothesis is that secular skeptical humanists can and will be effectively mobilized in defense of our identities. My hypothesis is that only a small fraction of skeptics are capable of whipping themselves into a self-sacrificial psychosis, and are only capable of doing so in brief self-glorifying stunts.
Even when the secular individualist sacrifices himself for the collective, he manages to do so as a lone individual, and make it all about himself.
In parallel with the debate between transcendent traditionalism and individualism is the debate between moral parochialism and moral universalism. Linder falsely frames this as a debate between skepticism and Christianity, though the battle lines wind through both camps, featuring skeptical universalists and parochialist Christians. I barely find the subject worthy of debate, as the better-bred White elites have always been and always will be integrally universalist on a basic genetic level. Whites, or at least the White elites, are abstraction-oriented by nature, removed from the tribalist instincts familiar to the vast majority of the world’s people (including a good share of the White folk).
You can pitch White Survival in terms which aren’t universal and abstract, but those with ears to hear visceral tribalism aren’t the cognitive or political elites capable of upending the current order. It’s a waste of time. Paganism effectively died in Rome long before Christianity made its appearance, with abstract universalism bubbling up centuries before Christianity. When the first men of European stock began putting quills to scroll in Ancient Greece, their earliest writings were abandoning their pre-civilized animism in favor of universalist abstractions. If anything, it would be more plausible to argue that early Christianity was poisoned with Hellenic moral universalism than that Europeans were poisoned with Christian moral universalism.
Not that I’m arguing that or care to argue that. Orthodox Christian Tradition is sublime and correct just the way I found it. White Survival will only be possible when Traditional Christianity reclaims its rightful place in (or near or around?) our hearts. Only then will we have men and women willing and able to make the collective humble sacrifices over decades and generations which will be necessary to rebuild our communities and identities as bulwarks against our mercantile elites and the Jewish oligarchs.
I have hope for Linder, even as he hisses and spits in my general direction, because the sacrifices he’s made contradict the degenerate egoism he’s propagating.