Posted on August 15, 2020

Why I Am an Identitarian

Alex Bech, American Renaissance, August 15, 2020

This is part of our continuing series of accounts by readers of how they shed the illusions of liberalism and became race realists.

Until the 2016 election in America, I had never paid much attention to politics. But that presidential race was so lively that it got me interested in politics and philosophy. I grew up in Britain, but my family is originally from France, and I had always considered us immigrants — which made me leary of Donald Trump, at first.

My dubiousness didn’t last long. The more I learned about “progressive” activism and mass immigration, the more conservative I became. Across the West, the ideals of liberty, freedom of expression, and even objective science are under assault. As one black college student in South Africa said, “Decolonising the science would mean doing away with it entirely and starting all over again to deal with how we respond to the environment and how we understand it.”

From there, I found statistics on the racial breakdown of crime in the USA and elsewhere — another “red pill.” Then came Nobel Laureate James Watson’s “disgraceful shaming” after making a passing comment about race. This hit me particularly hard. He had been an idol of mine since childhood. I was dismayed at how easily it was for so many people to attack and abuse such a brilliant person for stating an opinion that, in fact, is held by a significant portion of the geneticists who study racial variance.

The political realignment of America’s southwest also became impossible to ignore. And although the electoral impact of any demographic transformation is important, it begs an even more important question: what is the cultural impact? What would happen if you took all the native citizens out of a country and replaced them with immigrants? How would art change? How would religion change? How would entertainment change? The questions are endless. I am an identitarian because I think the answer to all these questions is “profoundly.” I want my people, Europeans broadly, and Frenchman specifically to continue to exist with their own state, with their own culture, values, and religion. Without the genetic underpinning that created these things, they will not continue on. I would rather have a France under authoritarian or Communist rule than have the French be replaced by a different nation of people who wear an approximation of French identity like second-hand clothes. At least with the former, there is the possibility of recovery. The cold math behind demographics offers no such reprieve.