Michael German quit working as an undercover agent for the FBI in 2004, …and it shows.
He’s since become a harsh critic of American intelligence work, especially of its “radicalization theory” which casts a wide net over all marginalized and dissident communities that the federal government is concerned about.
Neo-conservative think-tanks, private terrorism investigators, and cyber vigilantes that typically support the maintenance of interventionist Middle East policies and aggressive counterterrorism measures also stand to benefit from the government’s reliance on radicalization theory. These self-styled experts have the appearance of independent researchers, but often serve as echo-chambers for government theories of extremist organizations and behavior. As a defense attorney explained to The Nation, “[t]hey all work for the government or they work for government-funded agencies or government-contracted projects… [a]nd so when the government calls them, they are ready sources of government-approved information.”
When even the guy who’s writing the screenplays for anti-Nazi Hollywood films is promulgating antisemitic conspiracy theories that the Jews have hijacked and subverted our intelligence communities, there may be something to it. German’s a smart guy, and he seems to be a rare case of a member of the intelligence community whose first concern is simply and truly preventing political violence. There’s no room for that kind of thinking in our hyper-politicized and agenda-driven intelligence world, which is why he has the time to sit around and write compelling screenplays based on his real world experience in the “White Power” movement.
Obligatory Hollywood simplification, stylization, and vilification aside, German’s depiction of our scene in Imperium is remarkably well-researched, at least for the late nineties when he was active in it. He captures our basic factions and fissures with relative nuance. Surprisingly, even the skinheads are depicted as a proportionate reaction to non-White gang activity and violence. Hell, the militia types are depicted as more collected and intelligent than I give them credit for. Even the final villain plotting racist terror is an erudite and warm family man who bonds with Harry Potter over their shared affinity for classical music.
In a pattern reminiscent of American History X, the viewer is invited to largely sympathize with and understand the White Nationalist scene, only to be delivered an uncomfortably abrupt conclusion that it’s evil and violent. Our positions aren’t challenged or disproven. We’re never factually disproven, only morally discredited. The characters carry on about how the veterans are being mangled by wars caused by our Jewish Lobby, how our multinational corporations are controlled by the Jewish Lobby, and how even our ketchup bottles are taxed by a shadowy rabbinical racket. None of it’s false, it’s just evil to bring it up, I guess.
Imperium’s basic message is: The Jews cause all the wars in the world, control global finance, and are flooding America with tens of millions of sullen foreigners who will destroy our people and way of life, …but don’t get angry or blow anything up, because love is better than violence!
I also believe we shouldn’t go around blowing things up, though my reasons are decidedly pragmatic. A political faction must win the moral argument with a large subset of a population before any kind of revolutionary action can succeed, and we are still badly losing that moral argument (despite impressive gains in the last few years). Even when we’re at that point where a large subset of White Americans become sympathetic to our struggle, McVeigh-style offensive action to trigger an overreaction would likely backfire.
German’s fixation on “lone wolves” and conviction that we’re all “supremacist” is a reminder of how long he’s been dissociated from the movement. The lone wolf thing was always more of a bluff. Even ISIS, which is much more organizationally and logistically advanced, with vast populations of sympathetic folks both in the Middle East and in the Islamic diaspora, still relies heavily on organizational networks, supply line logistics, and group planning to achieve the bulk of its terrorist activity.
ISIS is quick to dive in and take credit every time a contractor bumps a gas line. What organization committed to violence wouldn’t covet the ability to anonymously blog and tweet and leave all of the hard work of funding, organizing, and executing action to its audience? Hell, even half the time it looks like it was a lone wolf strike, it’s because the organization managed to effectively cover its organizational and logistical tracks.
The notion that terrorists will manage to pop out of nowhere with little to no infrastructure and achieve mayhem all by their lonesome is a fascinating proposition that captures the imagination. It still captures German’s imagination all these years later, despite the fact that it’s been largely a phantom menace to the intelligence community. Even McVeigh, the poster child for it, had co-conspirators, belonging to and working within a broader community sympathetic to his agenda.
Sure, you will have your Dylann Roofs, and some of them like Anders Breivik can cause a frightening impact. But that’s certainly not limited to, or even disproportionate to White Advocacy. If anything, given our large and growing numbers relative to other dissident factions in America, we’re marked by our lack of violence. They want to be scared of us. They want to convince the general public that we’re a greater threat than Islam, gang violence, and Zika combined, but the facts simply don’t support German’s analysis, for all his talk of leaning on facts rather than speculation.
The fact that they’re still talking about McVeigh and Roof years later while the Dallas sniper is already a distant memory merely weeks after the fact is a window into the warped concerns and priorities of our elites and their intelligence community apparatchiks.
For decades, there’s been a fear that the (distinct) militia and pro-White dissident communities would merge into one fearsome right wing death squad. What’s actually happened, as any listener of Alex Jones will tell you, is that the White Nationalist scene has been drawing the militia types away from the conspiracy theories and guerrilla warfare fantasies toward a pragmatic and populist message which focuses more on advocating for White families than on chemtrails and FEMA camps.
It’s more effective to go up against the globalist power structure right here and now than to dwell on asinine conspiracy theories and maintain dusty gun stashes. By discarding the vulgar supremacy and shifting toward an approach which affirms self-defense without threatening innocents, we’re building our moral case. Years of the feds having the same predictable strategy and tactics have transformed our movement into one where even a man with unlimited backstop and a clean record declaring that he’s got access to explosives to “trigger the race war” would be stuck with the entire table’s Cracker Barrel bill, as everybody in attendance would scramble for the doors and windows.
Many of the film’s references will be lost on the altright kids, but old school White Nationalists will enjoy this film for its detailed research. Hal Turner, Harold Covington, and the National Alliance all have their cameos. Even Derek Vinyard makes a self-referential Hollywood Nazi appearance. The only major error in research and presentation that I caught was that the antifa didn’t get the living shit kicked out of them in the street confrontation.
As a message film, it falls short relative to American History X. While its antecedent concludes with a heartbreaking scene showing Derek’s beloved younger brother losing his life to “hate,” Imperium ends with the main purveyor of hate going to prison as a proud and slick champion of his betrayed ideals with his loyal wife giving the infiltrator a priceless look of disgust. The young skinhead we’ve been invited to sympathize with is now giving anti-racist presentations to elementary schools, perhaps as part of his plea bargain on his shoplifting conviction. Weak.