The El Paso Shooting: It’s Time for a Serious Look at the White Nationalism Growth

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Monday, August 12, 2019


In the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which killed 22 people and injured dozens more, a serious look at the growth in white nationalism is necessary.

Within the media and among the political class, there is a failure to address the issue of white nationalism in a pragmatic, authentic manner; bland talking points are recycled, and the depth of this critical issue is never touched upon. 

The left will claim that President Trump has emboldened white nationalism, or even white supremacy, in America since 2016, but they, too, lack any comprehension of what white nationalists actually believe. 

Upon visiting white nationalist websites, forums, or social media profiles–often referred to as the “alt-right” community–one will discover extreme hatred aimed primarily towards Jewish people, as well as aggrandizements of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. They believe that the world’s problems are the fault of a Zionist conspiracy that seeks to terminate the white race through mass migration. 

White nationalists and neo-Nazis are often opposed to the Enlightenment principles upon which the United States was founded; seldom do they express any support for the Lockean values of limited government and individual liberty, nor are they fans of free market capitalism. Instead, they often openly advocate for Fascism or National Socialism.

President Trump, however, is the most pro-Israel president the U.S. has had in recent times, proven by his official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump is undoubtedly a proponent of capitalism and opposes command-and-control-style socialism in every form. Also, Trump does not disapprove of non-white immigration, and he even encouraged more immigration during his 2019 State of the Union address. Trump’s war is on illegal immigration, so the idea that Trump is a white nationalist, or at least promotes it, is deeply absurd. 

A rising white nationalism in North America and Europe can be traced almost exclusively to neoliberal globalization, mass migration, and de-industrialization–all of which predate Trump’s presidency. For years, the European people have been fed guilt-based racial propaganda about the sins of their forefathers, as if only Europeans ever practiced slavery throughout history, or had prejudicial attitutes towards other ethnicities. 

Currently, the ethnic-European fertility rate is below replacement levels in most white-majority countries, which, when taking non-white immigration into account, will culminate in the gradual minoritization of Europeans, typically in countries, save for North America, in which they are the indigenous population. 

The United Nations has posted pamphlets about the need for “replacement migration,” which primarily focus on the declining or ageing populations of white-majority countries, and the need to stabilize them, not through measures to increase the fertility of these populations, but instead through mass migration, often from the third-world. 

When powerful international organizations like the UN and the European Union, along with NGOs, mainstream media, and academic elites lecture the indigenous populations of Europe about how racist and xenophobic they are, while simultaneously imposing upon them–in their own words–replacement migration measures, then it becomes quite uambiguous why some ethnic-Europeans are adopting identitarian or ethnocentric worldviews. 

Meanwhile, de-industrialization has left countless working class whites without jobs, especially in America’s heartland. This disenfranchisement, coupled with growing fears of illegal immigration, likely put Donald Trump in the White House, but, in some circumstances, has caused some low-status, resentful whites to adopt the fringe ideology that is white nationalism. 

The Western intelligentsia, however, remains baffled at this phenomenon; they somehow expected all European people to be thrilled and excited about their coming minority status in the 21st century, along with the loss of their jobs due to corporate inversion or automation. 

There is not significant reason to be optimistic about the future of race relations across America, let alone Europe. There have been three massive white nationalist terrorist attacks so far this year: the Pittsburgh synagogue attack, the Christchurch massacre, and now the El Paso mall shooting. 

As the minoritization of whites continues, the amount of whites flocking to fringe right-wing ideologies will only increase, especially in an era of decadence, dysfunctional families, and nihilism–where people are starving for a sense of identity and belonging. Bottom line, nobody likes to be a minority, particularly those who historically have been the majority. 

Although pessimistic, a practical prediction can be made that Western nations, particularly the United States, are headed for escalated polarization, balkanization, and ethnic conflict within the next few decades. Islamic terrorism and radical leftist violence, namely from the Antifa, demonstrate that more than one side is willing to fight.

The stark divisions in this country, however they came about, won’t be healed by either Make American Great Again or Diversity is Our Strength mantras–nor can mass shootings be prevented by confiscating the firearms of law-abiding Americans. 

 

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Aidan Grogan is a Journalism major at Columbia College Chicago, the most liberal school in Illinois. He publishes frequent articles at https://www.freewaypost.com covering current political events as well as opinion pieces. While aspiring to be a journalist and author, he has been a musician and songwriter for the band, Ardara, with multiple albums available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, SoundCloud, and YouTube. As a conservative he believes in an America with freedom of speech, limited government, strong borders, and above all, this country first.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Aidan Grogan

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Aidan Grogan is a Journalism major at Columbia College Chicago, the most liberal school in Illinois. He publishes frequent articles at https://www.freewaypost.com covering current political events as well as opinion pieces. While aspiring to be a journalist and author, he has been a musician and songwriter for the band, Ardara, with multiple albums available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, SoundCloud, and YouTube. As a conservative he believes in an America with freedom of speech, limited government, strong borders, and above all, this country first.

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