(Editor’s Note: Secession Week resumes at From The Provinces.)
Paul Kersey’s “Prospects for Racial Separation” was a runner up in the TOQ 2009 secession essay competition. FTP readers should be somewhat familiar with his point of view. Kersey is the author of my favorite blog, Stuff Black People Don’t Like, an irreverent daily commentary on the sad chronicle of Black Run America.
Before moving into this review, I would like to plug his new book, SBPDL: Year One. Kersey has always excelled at using humor to introduce implicit Whites to an explicitly racial perspective without the albatross of extraneous issues. SBPDL is one of the few sites that I can recommend to mainstream friends who enjoy laughing at a good racial joke but are not yet completely on board with White Nationalism.
As with Michael O’Meara’s “Toward the White Republic,” I would break down Paul Kersey’s “Prospects for Racial Separation” into two parts. It is a defense of the idea of secession and a prescription for action. Both O’Meara and Kersey cast Sam Francis, an opponent of secession, in the role of Devil’s Advocate.
Kersey’s response to Francis is straightforward: the demographic window is rapidly closing on the idea of “restoring” America. Whites are projected to fall to minority status by 2042, eight years earlier than previously expected, which suggests that doomsday might arrive sometime in the 2030s. White children will be a minority in American public schools by the 2020s.
America will likely experience an economic collapse long before 2042. Indeed, Kersey wrote this essay in 2009 while America was already plunging into what is now commonly being called the “Great Recession.” Meanwhile, California and dozens of other states like Illinois are in such terrible financial shape that a Greek style financial meltdown could land on our national doorstep anyday now.
In the mid-1990s, when Pat Buchanan was still a potent threat in the Republican primaries, Sam Francis could plausibly argue that a self confident White majority could reassert its dominance and reverse our national decline. In the Barack Obama era, some fifteen years later, the racial cancer is starting to look terminal and secession has become a more attractive option for racially conscious Whites.
Sam Francis was born and raised in a different time. The grandchildren of Generation Y won’t inherit a White America that resembles anything like the one Francis and Boomer paleocons nostalgically remember. They will be born into a Middle America under siege by an aggressive non-White majority and a corrupt, bankrupt federal government whose only real base of support will be millions of tax parasites intent on pillaging Whites in the name of “social justice.”
Nostalgia is the weakest link in Sam Francis’s opposition to secession. I found his argument that secession is tantamount to “starting over” as a nation the least persuasive part of his case.
The Confederates, for example, didn’t see themselves as starting from scratch. For the Confederates, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson remained Southern heroes. They wanted to preserve federalism and republican government from what they correctly perceived as an attempt by Lincoln and Black Republicans to enslave the states to the federal government.
The fact is, if the Confederacy had won the War Between the States, the White Republic would have survived in a truncated form. The South wouldn’t have been colonized by Jews and European Catholics. It would have retained an agricultural economy with race based citizenship. Undoubtedly, the Confederacy would have abandoned the Enlightenment pipe dream of equality in favor of the Antebellum ideal of social hierarchy.
This much is also certain: if the Confederacy had survived as an independent nation-state, White children in the South would have far more reverence for the Founders, Western civilization, Christianity, the White race, Anglo-American culture and heritage, and the ideals of federalism and republican government – symbolized by Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson – than they do today in the United States under Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
It is a stretch of the imagination to argue that secession is somehow opposed to preserving what is worthwhile in America. A much stronger case can be made that preserving the Union, which will inevitably result in a victorious non-White majority hostile to the West, is the real threat to conserving American traditions.
Kersey himself doesn’t make this argument, but it is an extension of his criticism of Francis, which I found completely justifiable.
Like O’Meara, Paul Kersey steps onto shakier ground when it comes prescribing a course of action for pro-Whites. His view is that nothing much can be done to affect our situation until Black Run America collapses under its own weight. In the interim, we can support outstanding White Advocates like Jared Taylor and Kevin MacDonald, or academic journals like TOQ.
White Nationalists have been at their strongest in historical forecasting. If you had asked White Nationalists in 2000 what America would look like in 2010, they would have said it would be less White and the economy would be teetering on the brink of collapse, a forecast which turned out to be fairly accurate.
The problem with historical determinism is that it is not immediately obvious that an economic collapse would work to the advantage of White Nationalists. When the Great Depression struck, FDR was elected president and won three more terms, while the Old Right was marginalized and extinguished. When the economy collapsed in 2008, Barack Obama was elected president and used his new power to make matters worse for racially conscious White people.
Look at California: a minority-majority state on the brink of fiscal collapse. In California, Jerry Brown is running neck and neck with Meg Whitman in the Governor race. Neither Brown or Whitman are inspiring to White Nationalists. If “worse is better,” California shows that “worse” is often just “worse.”
We’ve gone from bad to worse and racial attitudes haven’t boomeranged. It is so bad that even Whites whose children are viciously raped and murdered by non-Whites are so brainwashed and cowed by anti-racist propaganda that they won’t openly embrace White Nationalism.
Then you have the Tea Party. Instead of turning to White Nationalists for solutions, the White masses created the Tea Party movement from scratch, which in less than two years has succeeded in pulling the political mainstream in its direction. This is another indicator that White Nationalists are failing to exploit the historical opportunities they have predicted.
I can envision a scenario in which the American economy experienced a Mad Max style total collapse over a historical dark horse like Peak Oil. In such an unlikely scenario, which is at the furtherest end of the “worse is better” spectrum, it is far more likely that religious lunatics of the sort that James Howard Kunstler described in “World Made By Hand” would seize power on a local and state basis, as White Nationalists would lack the organization and physical numbers to compete with them in the real world.
Unlike Kersey, I think there are lots of ways that White Nationalists could “prepare the ground” for secession. I will try to flesh out this subject in my own upcoming essay. If we don’t start pushing political reality in our chosen direction, I don’t see any historical opportunities resulting in a victorious White ethnostate in North America.
Paul Kersey makes a stronger case against Sam Francis than Michael O’Meara. In particular, I want to call attention to the fact that he rejects the use of violence as a means of securing political ends. Kersey understands that violence will only result in another Oklahoma City backlash against pro-Whites that could cripple the movement for years and be invoked as a pretext for attacks on our Second Amendment rights.
When James von Brunn shot up the Holocaust Museum in DC, he only succeeded in portraying White Nationalists as unhinged psychopaths driven by Jewish conspiracy theories and Neo-Nazi fantasy ideology. The White masses didn’t see him as a martyr. They didn’t respond to his call to violence anymore than the Whites of the Pacific Northwest rallied to the cause of The Order.
If some disturbed individual on the Far Right had assassinated Barack Obama, the media would have glorified him like JFK and turned him into the second coming of Saint MLK, both of whom would have been discredited like LBJ if they had only been allowed to fail.
I think Kersey makes a plausible case for secession. He painted a dire portrait of the historical conditions that Whites will be facing in the near future. If I was forced to play the role of critic, I would only say that Kersey could have done a better job enumerating the practical ways that Whites could translate the ideal of secession into reality.
Verdict: A good thought provoking essay.