The “Prole Gap” in White Nationalism


The recent meteoric rise of Donald Trump has served to temporarily mask that fact that we nationalists in America are dreadfully lagging our brothers abroad in Europe. I’ll spare the reader yet another volume in the ever-growing library of Trumpology, but what is clear is that he serves as a break from, an exception to, and a cult of personality in opposition to the rest of America’s political landscape. Trump is exceptional.

Austrian politician Norbert Hofer is not exceptional, save perhaps for being an exceptionally disciplined and loyal member of his large and well-organized far-right political party. His success certainly has parallels with Trump’s success, but a key difference remains. Hofer stands as a conventional representative of his party and the political climate surrounding it while Trump exists independently of all of America’s party and political infrastructure. While the far-right politicians throughout Europe have relatively mature and deep political machines to rely on, Trump has had to settle for imageboard teens, social media trolls, his own billionaire coffers, and his own skills as a gifted entertainer to relay his message.

The root cause of our failure lies in a divergence between our “elites” and our street soldiers, one which has become more exaggerated with each passing year. It’s rooted in the American far right’s unique history and structure, one which has compelled the “elites” to endlessly posture and preen against the supposedly dangerous and vulgar working class radicals, leaving them largely devoid of mentorship, stewardship, and solidarity.

This is logistical, not ideological. It has little to do with actual issues. After all, Europe’s vehement anti-semites are thriving. Europe’s Islamophobic philo-semites are thriving. Europe’s national socialists and national capitalists alike are thriving. Europe’s parties which are rigorously fixated on delicate and polished optics are thriving, as are the ones who take a more aggressive and confrontational approach. I’m not suggesting that these issues don’t matter. They do. The right answers to these questions will matter later, but right now every faction which is promising to put the national interest first is thriving regardless of where it aligns with these secondary issues.

We will remain adrift until the institutional leadership of America’s White Nationalism is persuaded to abandon its peculiar fixation on academic sidetracking and Gramscian infiltration of elite institutions. We must invest in an actual movement which reaches beyond subcultural and socioeconomic lines to develop an ecumenical and effective political machine for the promotion of our interests as a people. And if they can’t be compelled to care more about organizing and supporting local advocacy networks than publishing gassy journals and book reviews for their own private amusement, then they must be stepped over.

No sooner had the “alt right” began to gain media notoriety than our foolish leadership concluded that we must urgently make a big deal out of how this thing (which they neither predicted nor created) was distinct from the “14/88ers.” There is actually no difference between the “alt right” and what’s encoded in the 14/88 slogan, aside from a socioeconomic class distinction, with the latter necessarily spending more time working at his day job than counter-signaling on his MacBook.

It’s a completely fabricated distinction designed to drive a class wedge between the sophisticated and subtle soi distant “elites” of our cause and “those people.” How the faction which created and celebrated the hyper-vulgar “Moon Man” meme can condemn another faction as too vulgar to associate with is beyond me. If anything, it’s the elitists rather than the proles who are fixated on outright racial supremacy. In the decades since the media campaign cemented a reputation for street violence and fanatical hatred on working class White Nationalists, the ones which largely fit that stereotype have mostly drifted into patently criminal subcultures while the ones which have remained pro-White offer everything Europe’s nationalist street soldiers have to offer (except for institutional backing).

There’s a term familiar with serious dandies, “prole gap,” which refers to the gap between one’s dress shirt collar and his suit coat. It’s referred to as a prole gap because men who tend to work for a living are less likely to be able to afford a quality tailored suit and are less likely to even know that the gap is an issue. I had to look it up myself, of course.

Our Traditionalist Worker Party strives to bridge that gap, the “prole gap.” TradWorker is a coalition inclusive of millionaires, professionals, edgy college students, factory workers, skinheads, housewives, and single moms which is more concerned with members’ adherence to our code of conduct than to a dress code. That’s how they do it in Europe, and that’s how it must be done here if we hope to catch up. Infiltrating elite institutions, subverting academia, and all of these other Machiavellian schemes cherished by American nationalism’s current leadership are the strategies of a hostile invasive elite, not a populist revolt against such an infestation.

We can’t succeed by simply copying what our enemies have done. And the last thing we ought to be copying from our enemies is their utter contempt for working class White American family men who are willing to make a public stand in defense of their racial heritage and Western traditions.


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  • AndrewAMT

    I’ve found myself to usually be the only working class guy in any of the White Nationalist events I attended. It’s certainly not that people like me don’t exist, because I have talked about this with many Co workers. The just don’t see it as important enough to care about. Only a thing they bitch about in the break room.

    • The white working class may be too depressed, drunk, strung out and stupefied by imposed drudgery to amount to anything. Time will tell. I hope it’s not true.

  • Charlie Primero

    After decades of wearing business suits, this is literally the first time I have heard of this ‘Prole Gap’.

    I am certain that our Alt-Right intellectuals Greg Johnson and Richard Spencer do not suffer this ugliness. Why did they neglect to tell me?

    I feel shame for my long ignorance.

  • I’m repulsed by the class bias in the American scene and especially by the vile commentary about 1488ers. RamZPaul it must be said appears to be the public origin of this particular strain of cancer on the collective body of white Americans.

    FWIW, I didn’t grow up in trailer park, but one of my close childhood friends did, so that ought to tell people something about my zip code. As an adult, I managed to avoid the prole gap only by accident. I didn’t know what it was until I read about it in Fussel’s book on status which was well into 35+ middle age for me.

  • Joe Cavanaugh

    This is a breathtakingly stupid analysis. Politics is downstream from culture, not the other way around. Right now, the people we need to influence (ordinary middle-class whites) will only feel embarrassment when looking at a 1488er. Your movement is dead in the water when u surround yourselves with skinheads, full stop. Dead. in. the. water.

    If it weren’t for the intellectuals like Spencer, Johnson and MacDonald, I would not be a white nationalist today. Moreover, I am a prole. I belong to a labor union. But you insult my intelligence when u suggest there is s prole look or a prole mentality. There isn’t. Everyone in this country can scrape a few dollars together to get somewhat educated at a local community college. So spare me the class consciousness.

    I think the Trad Youth Party has potential, but only if and when they unequivocally disassociate from anything remotely connected to the Confederate Flag, 1488, hillbilly, red neck or skinhead.

    • Politics is downstream from culture, not the other way around.

      As Trump has readily demonstrated, the culture was already ready for a robust national populist political movement an order of magnitude greater than most would have guessed.

      Right now, the people we need to influence (ordinary middle-class whites) will only feel embarrassment when looking at a 1488er.

      Comfortable ordinary people are rarely the vanguard of political change. Alienated and eccentric folks on the margins more typically lead, with the bourgeoisie generally following the path of least resistance carved by competing radical political factions.

      Your movement is dead in the water when u surround yourselves with skinheads, full stop. Dead. in. the. water.

      Just last year you told me that a political movement headed by a reality show star who indulged in gonzo wrestling promos would be an embarrassing dead in the water movement.

      If it weren’t for the intellectuals like Spencer, Johnson and MacDonald, I would not be a white nationalist today.

      Intellectual work is great. It’s only problematic when it’s presented in opposition to and in a false dichotomy with political organizing.

      I think the Trad Youth Party has potential, but only if and when they unequivocally disassociate from anything remotely connected to the Confederate Flag, 1488, hillbilly, red neck or skinhead.

      Then it has no potential, as we warmly embrace all of those. Bummer.

    • Joe Cavanaugh

      Yep, bummer indeed. For you.

    • Hammerheart

      Please, sir, I read & understood New Culture New Right by Dr O’Meara & had to mentally translate his French & German quotations. Matt’s analysis is imperfect but it’s anything except dead wrong. & I get & always have, the class thing in America, which is what happens when a manual labourer shop worker (dad) marries someone from the idle multi-millionaire set from Barrington, IL. Sir, it YOU who are “dead.wrong.” and I know because I’ve lived through it. I originally sided with the Greg Johnson Kev MacDonald faction. Sadly, as Harold Covington (?) put it, all they do is “produce intelligent essays, which produce more intelligent essays. They don’t change anything.” You (like me) saying GJ, KMD changed you tells something about rare, unusual individuals like you (& me) who are genuinely changed by works like (eg) New Culture New Right, but not anything applicable at a wider level. America’s educated upper, upper-middle & pseudo-educated middle classes are the problem, with a working class degraded beyond recognition–my father who came home filthy with machine grease head to foot etc wouldn’t even recognise today’s gangbanger subhumans as fellow working class. Don’t you lecture me.
      The “embarrassment” you refer to is the White Psychopathology at work. There is nothing in the universe that can appease it except at the cost of our self-destruction; that’s the whole point which types like you miss.

      I was out flyering on my day off from my brutal machinists shop job, buddy.

    • Joe Cavanaugh

      You, like Matt, are not able to see the problem objectively. The problem today for whites is identity consciousness, or white consciousness… not class consciousness. The language of “class” belongs in the Sanders camp, and I’m not saying that’s all wrong. But the Trad Youth Party is primarily a white party, and so already, before even mentioning class, we are fundamentally discussing race and racial identity as the core issue. I suggest you think deeply about this neo-Marxist language you’re using; no one cares for it.

    • Shotgun

      Joe obviously went to a government school.

  • Jeff Davis

    I think Parrott or The Heimbach would find Rod Dreher’s latest screed entertaining

    The Right & The Unnecessariat

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-right-the-unnecessariat/

    Excerpt

    UPDATE: I would add one more thing. An Alt-Rightist is someone who is post-Christian, if was Christian in the first place. This accounts for the racism and anti-Semitism you see in those circles. It’s not that no Christian has ever been racist or anti-Semitic before (alas). It’s that no Christian worthy of the name can be racist after slavery and Jim Crow, and no Christian worthy of the name can be anti-Semitic after Auschwitz. Ignorance is no longer an excuse, if it ever was. And no Christian principles can be appealed to as a counter to Alt-Right beliefs, because they by and large reject them. Of course I have strong Christian moral beliefs about these matters, but I also think they are true as a matter of sociological observation. Hence the saying, “If you don’t like the Religious Right, just wait till you see the Post-Religious Right.”

    • Tim Harris

      That’s odd, it was the Auschwitz hoax that made me an antisemite.
      And my Christianity makes me regard Jim Crow as the best solution, not counting deportation.

  • John Evan

    Excellent piece. As someone who came into the “street soldiers” subculture in the late 80s and is still around I can say from my vast experience that many things stated here are spot on.
    ” In the decades since the media campaign cemented a reputation for street violence and fanatical hatred on working class White Nationalists, the ones which largely fit that stereotype have mostly drifted into patently criminal subcultures while the ones which have remained pro-White offer everything Europe’s nationalist street soldiers have to offer (except for institutional backing).”
    This is absolutely true. A lot of people like Joe on here, would be very surprised to find out who many of the admins and creators of their favorite facebook and web pages actually are in real life. They would also be quite surprised to find out who some of the authors of so many essays and blog posts they love actually are. I’m not going to out anyone here, but many of the top content providers in the so-called “alt-right” are actually the very people Joe rails against. We have been tested by fire, we have learned a ton through trial and error over the decades, and we know that what worked at one time, may not work presently.
    Most of the people I have known over the decades who did not go the patently criminal route (these people were damaged to begin with), now range from family man laborer to executive, an unusual percentage are business owners, entrepreneur’s who put a lot of what they learned about networking pre-internet, and in the DIY “scene” to use creating thriving business where they have been able to hire their brothers and provide for their families and the families of those who work for them.
    Here’s a fact, I, and most other of my ilk, you could not identify if we were in long-sleeved shirts and pants, and I knew what the prole gap was before reading this, believe it or not, skinheads are actually pretty fashion conscious, for many it was what first appealed to them about the sub-culture.

    “No sooner had the “alt right” began to gain media notoriety than our foolish leadership concluded that we must urgently make a big deal out of how this thing (which they neither predicted nor created) was distinct from the “14/88ers.” ”
    This has always been the case, nothing new, but it needs to stop because, as was stated in the piece “That’s how they do it in Europe, and that’s how it must be done here if we hope to catch up “, and it works.

    We need people of every class, and should remember, we don’t need the majority, we only need enough.

  • Laguna Beach Fogey

    I actually agree with much of your message here.

    We mustn’t be held hostage to the so-called ‘working class’ louts and oafs who refuse to adhere to appropriate behaviour and dress, and threaten to disrupt Alt-Right proceedings with their churlish antics. Style matters. Image matters. A big reason for the Alt-Right’s success is the focus on communicating an attractive, professional image. It’s working.

    Traditional working class men in Britain and Europe, btw, were/are known for their proper behaviour and meticulous attention to sartorial detail. Skinheads, in particular, were famous for following specific standards of dress. Being working-class does not give one a license to dress like a vagrant or behave like an uncouth piece of shit. Take some pride in yourselves.

    BTW, I see you’ve finally taken my advice and lost that stupid fedora.

  • Person of Whiteness

    In all fairness to RamZPaul, when he refers to “1488ers” he means those people who are obsessed with Nazi imagery and rage against anyone who so much as shakes hands with a Jew.

    • No, by 1488 he means anyone who disagrees with his cuckservative mainstreaming.

    • Person of Whiteness

      RamZPaul is a Trump supporting race realist nationalist. There’s a reason I don’t usually come to this gay site.

    • You seem really confused. Where has Paul said he is only referring to people who use imagery with his 1488 construct?

      He’s obsessed with attacking people to his right using dishonest points to cultivate favor with the mainstream. Just a different species of cuckservative.

  • J.j. Cintia

    Don’t be a stupid snob. We have no elites. Rats have made this place into a sewer. These fake leaders are nothing but garbage picked up from gay bars and whorehouses and prettied up by make up artists and speechwriters. They’re all puppets. That show in Europe seems nice, but its nothing but fake glitter and empty rhetoric. Austria just had the most fraudulent election since The Weimar Republic and those so-called nationalists aren’t even contesting the obviously fraudulent votes. Some districts had 150% turnout, so fraud is obvious at this point.
    We have the advantage of millions of armed White men and Free Speech guaranteed by the US Constitution. These sewer rats are treading lightly here, cause they can all go away in a day when White men say enough and finally clean house.

  • J.j. Cintia

    Listen up and get this straight. This problem will not be solved by voting. These elections are rigged. That nothing in the White House didn’t win anything. Its all a massive fraud.
    This will be resolved the way it all started, by Angry White Men standing up to fruity overblown bullies. They can talk, but lets see them fight. I think we have a paper tiger here. The Army that crushed Saddam has quit, and now I hear there are man jawed feminists and “die-versity” playing GI Joe. Lets see the fabulously gay brigade fight for those welfare Queens.

  • J.j. Cintia

    Yeah look Trump is a Billionaire and owns the Ritz Carlton the classiest hotel chain on Earth. Its not class its race. That bozo Obama can’t even finish a sentence without a teleprompter but nobody says he and his “wife” are low class idiots.
    Do any of those rich jews seem classy? Bloomberg may be as Rich as Trump but he reminds me of some clown running a pawn shop in Brooklyn. All these Rich hebes are obnoxious overblown crass social retards. They have about as much manners as Rodney Dangerfield or Jackie Mason.
    You would think Rich WASPS like the Vanderbilts were still around the way you talk. Those skinheads may not be guys you want to invite to your house to meet your wives, but in a War I’d rather have them than any of you guys like Jared Taylor or Mr. Heimbach. What is all this talking and protesting getting you? Even though Taylor is jew friendly and refined, he’s still treated like garbage and called a racist.
    I’m not playing this game. This game is rigged. Its just skin color and race, and always have been. You guys are suckers if you haven’t figured that out by now. Only Whites can be racist huh? Fuck you, talk to the hand loser.

    • ps mike

      I think by “class”, Matt is referring to social standing within society, not social etiquette or grace.

  • Volks…

    Diversity favors elitism. Elites no longer identify with masses of their own race but with the elites of other colors, thus snubbing their own kind.

    White elites COME APART from white masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, brown, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Brown elites COME APART from brown masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, white, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Yellow elites COME APART from yellow masses and instead COME TOGETHER with white, black, brown, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Mulatto elites COME APART from black masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, white, brown, Arab, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Arab elites COME APART from Arab masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, brown, white, Hindu, Jewish, and etc elites.

    Hindu elites COME APART from white masses and instead COME TOGETHER with yellow, black, brown, Arab, white, Jewish, and etc elites.

    All these elites pompously pontificate about ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ but only to mask their own power and privilege. The globo-aristocratic elites are more diverse than ever, but that makes elitism more powerful. Since ‘diversity’ now trumps equality and unity, the fact that globo-elite circles are now diverse means that the elites don’t really have to care about the masses, especially of their own kind. They have their own diverse Elysium in the sky. A diversity of privilege that skims the cream of the crop of each group and makes them favor one another while snubbing the masses of their own nationality and race.

    The ONLY exception is the Jewish elites who still care for and stick up for the Jewish masses in Israel and all over the world.

    Of course, Jews control the narrative and the ‘values’ and rigged it so that ONLY Jewish elites can favor Jews in general to all others.

    All other elites must go be globo-‘meritocracy’ whereas Jews can go by ethnicity and territoriality.

    Jews obviously want to break the unity of gentile elites and gentile masses.

    Jews want white elites to favor Jewish & other elites over the white masses.

    Jews want yellow elites to favor Jewish & other elites over the yellow masses.

    Jews want mulatto elites to favor Jewish & other elites over the black masses.

    And etc and etc.

    The linchpin of all this is homosexist elitism. Homos are aspiring minority elites all over the world and make perfect collaborators with the Jewish globalist imperialists. As deviants, they identify more with globo-vanity than with the masses of their own nation/race. They promote the ideal of Elysiumism.

    • ps mike

      Yes sir, you are correct. Class and race are BOTH heavily in play. Sometimes I feel like we are playing their(the elites) game by focusing only on race. It has been pointed out here and elsewhere that they are too greedy(which I agree with), and that their continuous pushing of a race war will cause the biggest backlash in the history of mankind. Of course, all of us here are part of that backlash.

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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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