Millennial Red-Pilling and the Future of Europe
Julian Langness, American Renaissance
This speech was delivered at the 2017 American Renaissance conference. The video is available here.
Each of us in this room are here for noble and important reasons, and foremost among those are the growing existential threats facing our people and civilization. And no matter which nation or corner of the globe we each hail from, we are all well aware of their scope.
While this speech will be about those dangers as a whole—and the future of our struggle against them—it is clear that there is no place today more representative of those dangers than Western Europe. And given that fact, and the escalating intensity of the situation there, it is crucial we acknowledge their significance.
For today in Europe, on an almost weekly basis, native European men, women, and children, are murdered by Muslim immigrants. They are mowed down by vehicles, or ripped apart by bullets or bombs—their bodies left strewn across the streets of cities and towns once built by their ancestors.
Today in Europe, the country of Sweden—a nation that just a few decades ago was a near-utopia—now has the highest per-capita rape rate in the northern hemisphere, and the second highest on earth behind Johannesburg, South Africa.
Today in Europe, in the UK, the name “Rotherham” refers to a town of only 109,000 people, where at least 1,400 white girls were gang-raped by Muslim immigrants: sexually enslaved, trafficked, and often tortured; their tongues nailed to coffee tables, doused in gasoline. That name, “Rotherham,” and the names of countless other towns and cities where the exact same thing took place, are not even spoken aloud by the country’s traitorous politicians.
And today in Europe, these things look only to worsen. For in many countries, including both Germany and Sweden, native Europeans in the 18- to 29-year-old male demographic—the demographic of fighting age men, and the demographic that for all intents and purposes represents a society’s future—either already are or will by 2020 be the minority, and non-European, primarily Muslim 18- to 29-year-old men will outnumber them.
These developments are of a nature wholly unparalleled in our history. But while it is important to communicate their severity to those—especially here in America—who are not yet aware of them, what is most important are the scenarios through which they might be overcome—the scenarios through which some kind of victory or positive outcome might be achieved for Europe and the West as a whole.
For naturally, the desire to fight back against such evils burns within all of us. And therefore it is my hope that we as a people, and we as a movement, and we the Millennial Generation that I and many in this room are a part of, will be successful in doing so.
It is that latter lens, that of the Millennial Generation, through which I will be examining these questions. And I think that that is appropriate, for the story of our people’s descent over the last half century is in many ways a story of the generations, and their respective impacts upon that trajectory.
To understand that story we must first jump back through time, to the 1960s. For it was then that the first inklings of what we see today became apparent.
It was in the 1960s that the cultural zeitgeist of our nations last shifted.
The decade began with what was, comparatively, an atmosphere of conservatism and traditionalism, centered around those who are today referred to as the “Greatest Generation.”
While it is easy for us to be cynical about that moniker today, given what has happened since, in certain ways it was an accurate title. For the Greatest Generation lived through both the Great Depression and World War Two, each of which were tremendously difficult and strengthening experiences. And no matter which country they came from, and which side of WWII they fought on, those experiences catalyzed in the members of that generation a great degree of strength, tactical virtue, and shared unity.
There is a writer in our movement who goes by the nom de guerre of “Anonymous Conservative” who refers to that strengthening process as “K-Selection.” In his theory, which is adapted from biology and ecology and called “r/K Selection Theory,” periods of intense conflict or resource shortage encourage this process of “K-Selection” in individuals and groups, and basically force those individuals and groups to become stronger and more tribally oriented.
The fourteenth-century Arab historian Ibn Khaldun wrote about this same process. He was trying to describe those qualities in a tribe or nation that led them to thrive and grow and expand, versus those qualities that lead tribes and nations to become weak and die out or be conquered, and he called this quality “asabiya.”
To Ibn Khaldun, asabiya referred to this sense of shared unity, and the shared willingness of individuals within a nation or group to fight or die on its behalf, for the primacy of the group as a whole.
In this regard, one could say that K-Selection leads to high asabiya, but the opposite is also true.
So while the Greatest Generation was strengthened by the K-Selection they went through in the Great Depression and World War Two, and became a high—asabiya force as a result, their children, the Baby Boomers, represented the exact opposite phenomenon.
The Baby Boomers were born into the immense prosperity that arose in the years after World War Two, and as a result they mostly grew up in environments of ease, and luxury, and safety. With that being the case, it comes as no surprise that they turned out quite differently. They were free to “follow their bliss,” explore new ideas, and experiment in whatever ways they wanted, without fear of consequence or repercussion. As a result, by the end of the 1960s, the majority within their generation had embraced a philosophy of left-wing, utopian thinking.
As the former hippy author David Mamet later lamented:
We were self-taught in the sixties to award ourselves merit irrespective of accomplishment . . . we were the culmination of history, superior to all those misguided who had come before, which is to say all humanity. Though we had never met a payroll, fought for an education, obsessed about the rent, raised a child, carried a weapon for our country, or searched for work . . . though we had never been in sufficient distress to call upon God, we indicted those who had. And we continue to do so.
This sense of superiority and belief in the moral “revolution” they ushered in would define the Baby Boomer Generation.
Now I want to very purposefully point out that there exceptions to this, who rejected such beliefs—and we obviously have some very notable exceptions in this room—but the majority of Baby Boomers ultimately subscribed to this left-wing thinking, which we now call “cultural Marxism.”
By the end of the 1960s, they had fully seized the cultural zeitgeist, and this would have massive implications for all that would happen after.
For as we know well, in the forty years since then, those individuals and the radical beliefs they embraced have fully taken control over our societies, and become the dominant governing orthodoxy of the West.
This ideology now rules academia, the entertainment industry, the media, the public school system, and the government bureaucracy, and is fully entwined with multinational corporate finance and its oligarchic elite.
It represents an exact inversion of asabiya, and is based on the destruction and negation of our people’s ethnic and cultural unity.
It is also, importantly, the ideology that the Millennial Generation—my generation, and the generation of many in this room—was born into.
We Millennials were the first generation to grow up wholly within this paradigm, and as a result our childhoods and experiences were a perfect reflection of all that the Baby Boomer Left believes in.
We were taught that individualism was the highest value, that life was short, and that we should have a carpe diem mentality, chase our bliss, and live for the moment.
We were taught that we must “re-think” masculinity—that it was evil, outdated, and purposeless.
We were taught to revere the idea of feminism, and that traditional gender roles were bigotry.
We were taught distaste for our heritage and traditions, and taught indifference, if not shame, toward our ancestors.
We went to public schools run by liberal social workers and Democratic Party-Teachers Union functionaries, that sought to fully indoctrinate us into liberalism.
And we were taught, in a never-ending collage of black history months, holocaust films, and diversity seminars, to feel guilt and nothing but guilt for having been born white.
Thus it was natural that many of us fell sway to such teachings. We became stereotypical angry atheists, self-hating whites, and “punk rockers,” or—at the least—apolitical individualists, focused on nothing beyond our own most base desires.
Such was the environment the Left had created, but as we Millennials came of age, many of us started to question things, as our experiences proved incongruent with the ideology we were raised on.
We began to resent the carpe diem ethos, and the degeneracy that had been so normalized in society.
We grew appalled by the selfish manifestations of such thinking: the toxic behavior of Baby Boomer icons like Bill Clinton, and the sickening frequency of divorce and infidelity within their generation’s ranks.
We came to indict the anomie and social atomization around us—to realize that tribe and heritage were key parts of real identity.
We saw past the feminist myths we had been taught—seeing its true manifestations not in the glamorized fictions of the entertainment industry, but in the hundreds of thousands of grandmothers slaving away for Walmart.
We rejected the meek, “re-thought” masculinity of liberalism, and realized it was nothing more than a convenient excuse for cowardice, and a welcome dynamic for those who wished our people to be powerless.
And most of all we rejected the self-hatred and ethnomasochism that had been pushed upon us since birth.
We instead embraced a mindset of pride, and duty in our heritage, and resolved not to betray our ancestors, and descendants, in the suicidal fundamentalism of the Left.
These realizations and positions are the defining beliefs of our movement as a whole, and they are the defining beliefs of this growing subset of our generation.
Obviously there are countless other Millennials who have not yet undergone this awakening—or “red-pilling”—but the number of those who have is significant, and seems to herald a larger shift.
This very conference, and others like it, testify to this fact. So too do the rapidly growing number of organizations, and informal groups, with the same purpose.
While as a political movement, it is lead, in large measure, by veterans of our struggle, like Mr. Brimelow and Mr. Taylor, in recent years its ranks have been bolstered by large numbers of young Identitarians.
Some are in their late twenties or early thirties like myself, but others—including many here today—are only 20, for instance, or 18.
They possess a depth of character and vision that belies their age, and a deliberate and purposeful manner at odds with the stereotypes of modern youth.
Raised on hipster cynicism and degenerate pop culture, they found themselves drawn instead to traditionalism and sacrifice on the one hand, and esoteric frog humor, Buchanan, and Evola on the other.
In this manner they are rapidly becoming the worst enemies of our globalist adversaries, who are used to preying upon the weakness of our youth, to consolidate their power.
As these young Identitarians reject pornography for procreation, student loan debt for meme warfare, video games for shooting ranges, and oxycontin for red pills, they cut off the George Soros-Jon Stewart playbook at the knees, and set a new precedent in the ongoing culture wars.
They also represent the advent of right-wing youth as the new counterculture.
This is something that has gotten a decent amount of attention in the last year, but the vast majority of liberals still haven’t realized just what has occurred.
Those liberals—and especially the Baby Boomer variant—have considered themselves “rebels” and “revolutionaries” for the last forty years. Their entire emotional identity is predicated upon being “transgressive” and considering themselves part of a minority.
Yet life—and reality—have entirely passed them by. For today, they are about as stale and “conformist” and un-cool as any group could get.
Truthfully, is there anything less transgressive today, and more orthodox and authoritarian, than social justice?
Is there anything less attractive than aging progressives still pretending they are edgy, hip, or sexy?
When Green Day sings “Trump-fascist-USA” in language that perfectly mirrors their billionaire corporate record-label masters, is there anything remotely “rebellious” about that?
The answer is no. The new counterculture in America and Europe is of the Right. And that fact is increasingly significant.
The number of talented Identitarian authors and thinkers—and especially young Identitarian authors and thinkers—is unprecedented.
Gregory Hood, Lawrence Murray, Sam Hyde, Henrik Palmgren, Lana Lokteff, Master Chim, Paul Waggener, Markus Willinger, Marcus Follin, HBD Chick, CB Robertson, Baked Alaska, Nathan Damigo, Walt Bismarck, Tara McCarthy, Les Brigandes, Millennial Woes, Patrick Le Brun, Fenek Solere, Mike Enoch, Hunter Wallace, Ruuben Kaalap, Matthew Tait, Martin Lichtmesz—these are just a small sampling of such individuals, and there are hundreds more just as talented.
And the question bears asking: When was the last time there was such an organic awakening of youth culture, and writing, and politics?
If the ideology uniting these individuals was any other, the collective cultural phenomenon they represent would be on the front page of every major journal.
Right now the opposite is the case, of course, as the ideology represented by these Millennial writers and thinkers, and by all of us here today, is anathema to the left-wing globalist forces that control society.
However, I think there is no doubt that in some capacity we will end up triumphant.
I say this for a number of reasons, but in large part because our ideology is the only one within the modern West that is remotely tied to reality.
It is also the only one that provides real answers to the confused white youth growing up within our nations.
Furthermore, it is the only one that our ancestors would view as at all logical. The only one not twisted and tortured in its drive to be compatible with cultural Marxism.
If this is the case, and our ideology and our movement does indeed possess such power, then it cannot come at a more opportune time.
For we as a people are now facing existential threats of a level completely unmatched in our history. Great turbulence is on the horizon, and that turbulence and its results will have a greater impact upon our people’s future than anything in hundreds of years, if not longer.
This turbulence will be multifaceted, and is both a cause and a symptom of the threats we face.
One side of it is economic, and while that aspect is the lesser of the coming dangers, its impact will still be profound, and it will affect everything else that happens.
Both North America and Europe now have levels of sovereign debt greater than at any point in their history. Pensions are vastly underfunded, and the next economic downturn will create a massive domino effect of defaults and bankruptcies. At the same time, the elderly will soon be the biggest group within society, and the entitlements they have been promised will be impossible to fulfill. Asset prices have been artificially inflated by runaway money printing, and propped up with interest rates that are at historic lows.
The governments of our nations are desperate to stave off an economic turnaround, yet even mainstream economists see a collapse as increasingly imminent, because—and this is the most significant of these economic factors—there is absolutely no growth, because for the first time in human history, certain societies—our societies, within the west, because of liberalism—have below replacement rate fertility, meaning we are not having enough children to even replace ourselves, and are literally on track to disappear.
Yet worse than all of these economic variables, is the imminent ethnic violence and civil conflict looming down upon our countries—the anarchy and violence that anyone could have predicted would be the end result of mass immigration and multiculturalism.
We can see this here in America, where our globalist, establishment politicians have succeeded in importing massive numbers of foreign immigrants. These immigrants, both legal and illegal, hail from all over the globe, and share no common culture with those around them. Whether good or bad as people, they do not consider themselves part of the same shared honor group as their neighbors. And as a result their purposeful importation by our political elites merely serves further to destroy the asabiya of the nation. Further to destroy what remnants remain of any sense of shared collective identity and purpose.
This has set us up for great chaos, and it is clear that when the economic music stops and this debt-fueled prosperity comes to an end, it will be anarchy that emerges.
But while things are bad enough here in America, it is in Europe where we see this future most clearly.
We see it in Germany and Sweden, where, as previously mentioned, Muslim immigrants either already are or will soon be the majority among fighting age men.
We see it Austria, Switzerland, France, Holland, and Belgium, where the same will happen soon after.
Soon after that it will be the entire under 40 population, and soon after that, all of society.
On the way to that point, Muslim political parties will be able to take power. Muslim-on-European violence will become even more pronounced. And one day, whether twenty years from now or fifty, Europe’s proud heritage and culture will slip away, submerged under vast waves of Islamization, enslavement, and death.
These will be the tragic outcomes if the present courses continue.
Yet as stated earlier, there still might be other scenarios that could come to fruition.
In America, these could range from some kind of partial victory through Trumpian civic nationalism, where our downward spiral is arrested but not reversed, all the way to the breakup of the country in some kind of peaceful, mutual divorce, creating separate homelands for America’s various peoples.
In Europe the situation is more fluid.
Nick Griffin has stated that Britain is “past the voting stage,” and it seems that this statement now applies to all of Western Europe.
So much evil has been done by Europe’s left-wing Baby Boomer elites, and the demographics are so far gone, that there are no more electoral solutions.
We have seen this clearly this year in Austria, the Netherlands, and most recently, in France.
Yet on the other hand, the idea of any authoritarian government solution—or military coup—is just as far-fetched, as Western Europe’s militaries and police forces have been turned into social justice-dominated experiments increasingly divorced from reality.
The glimmer of hope in Europe comes instead from the very anarchy that approaches on the horizon.
For when this perfect cocktail of economic collapse and civil strife breaks out, many Western European governments will likely fall. The insanity and utopianism they have been built upon will wash away, they will go the way of all other utopian experiments in human history before them, and a power vacuum will emerge.
History suggests what will happen next—that strong men will take charge and fill that vacuum—as they have done throughout all of human history. And as youth always have the largest role in such episodes, the Millennial Generation may well play the greatest part.
Yet even if one considers such a scenario to be some kind of LARPy fantasy, what then? Still, within twenty years the Baby Boomers will die out, and Millennials will inherit the reigns of leadership by default.
In this regard, for better or worse, the survival of Europe and the West is in many ways tied up in the future of the Millennial Generation.
And it can be hoped that our experiences will have prepared us for that role.
The violence of mass immigration, the experience of repeated economic recessions, and the insanity of degenerate late-stage liberalism will hopefully end up having been our own generation’s K-Selection, and will have molded us into a high-asabiya force as a result.
All those reasons previously outlined suggest that this is the case.
And if it is, then through some means or another—whether now or in the future—we will have our chance to fight back and prevail.
We cannot know what avenue that struggle will take, and that is why we must become prepared for all.
Because if we are successful when that struggle comes, then the opportunities given to us will be limitless.
We will have the opportunity to create new, and better nations.
The opportunity to reverse our demographic decline.
The opportunity to create cultures of honor, pride, and sacrality.
The opportunity to create a positive future for our children.
The opportunity to take back our destiny.
And finally, more than anything: The opportunity to earn back the honor that comes with that most logical and natural choice, to choose to defend one’s people and race.