Coordination and Decomposition
Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, April 9, 2021
We’re at a turning point in our history. America has practically adopted an official state ideology: Critical Race Theory (CRT), which holds that white privilege and racism are embedded in all institutions and cause inequality. Thus, practically unlimited government intervention is justified to remove racism. In practical terms, this means attacking whites, the group that created and sustains the United States.
One of President Joe Biden’s first acts was to eliminate the patriotic education project of the “1776 Commission.” Instead, teachers will promote Critical Race Theory and the “1619 Project” in public schools, and government bureaucrats will get official doses of CRT. Some Republicans are trying to keep Critical Race Theory out of schools, but I doubt they will succeed. Leftists are more aggressive than conservatives and are willing to hurt political opponents.
In wealthy Loudoun County, people who want Critical Race Theory in schools used antifa tactics to doxx and smear parents who oppose it. The Federalist reported on this, so the lefties have pulled in their horns a bit, but can conservatives endure? Are ordinary parents, most of whom don’t even like to think of themselves as “white,” willing to fight, when it means facing hostile media and maybe even physical danger? It’s far easier to move away, even though escape gets harder all the time.
President Biden has also reinstated diversity trainings for federal employees. All federal agencies must do an internal review to advance “equity.” This means equal outcomes, not equal opportunity, and will require discrimination against whites and Asians.
The military is not exempt. The Pentagon is doing its own internal review to “identify and combat white supremacy and other far-right extremism.” Black Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warned Congress that “enemies [may] lie within our own ranks.” The military requires diversity training, and Ibram Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist is on the Navy’s Professional Reading Program. The Pentagon even attacked cable news host Tucker Carlson after he mocked diversity efforts. A memo on the “Extremism and Insider Threat in the DoD” published by Politico shows that the brass think fairly common symbols such as the “OK” sign, the Punisher logo (used by legendary sniper Chris Kyle), and the “Come and Take It” slogan are potential “symbols of extremism.”
Governments at different levels openly discriminate against whites in ways that go beyond affirmative action. Joe Biden said that the federal government would prioritize reopening small businesses owned by blacks, Hispanics, Asians, “Native Americans,” and women — in other words, everyone except white men. Evanston, Illinois is paying reparations to blacks. Oakland will have a basic income program that excludes whites.
Reason asks whether this is even legal. That misses the point. How did this even happen? And what white person (and what lawyer) will sue to stop these programs and face media hostility and possible danger from antifa?
The foundation is already built for denying white advocates and even ordinary conservatives legal protection. One journalist suggests it is somewhat scandalous for public defenders to represent people who rioted at the Capitol on January 6. USA Today ran a story complaining that defendants were actually trying to raise money to hire lawyers. The federal government is working with the Anti-Defamation League (and probably other groups) to use the vast national security apparatus against “far right” groups, a label that could apply to millions of Americans.
Major corporations are joining the “antiracist” effort. Amazon donated $10 million to groups supporting “justice and equity,” highlighting its efforts with a web page with a huge black-nationalist flag. The largest asset-management company in the world is BlackRock; Chairman Larry Fink’s “Letter to CEOs” told companies to address “racial justice” and disclose “your long-term plans to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.” Goldman Sachs, the largest underwriter of Initial Public Offerings, refuses to take an American company public unless there is a woman or non-white on its board (foreign companies can do as they please). Health care company Cigna not only teaches employees about Critical Race Theory but even has Communist Angela Davis on its reading list.
“Woke Capital” is anti-white and preaches Critical Race Theory. This doesn’t just mean you might lose your social media account. A bank can cut you off from basic financial services.
Some conservatives might call this “fascism,” but I’m more interested in who those in power are targeting than how they are doing it. We shouldn’t retreat to stale conservative talking points such as “antifa are the real fascists.” Our rulers are punishing whites who defend their race, not because they are a government of “liberal fascists,” “radical socialists,” or Chinese stooges. Nations sometimes pursue different ends through the same means. The Soviet Union, the United States, and the Third Reich all controlled their economies in the 1930s and during World War II. All used propaganda. All limited individual liberties and regional autonomy in the name of a collective good. Of course, these systems weren’t the same, and the ends they pursued were different. That is what matters.
Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism badly damaged the American Right because it convinced countless conservatives that using state power, pursuing the common good, or encouraging collective efforts are degrees of “fascism.” Many race realists and white advocates roll their eyes at conservatives who make claims that liberals are really “fascists” when they pursue goals like mass vaccination, but conservatives and libertarians aren’t stupid. They believe fascism is about means and methods, not goals.
Ends are more important than means. Elites in different countries use similar techniques to govern their populations, but that doesn’t mean they are the same. For example, the United States uses a Social Credit System like China’s. China’s is run mostly through the state. America’s is run through the private sector. However, the problem with America’s Social Credit System isn’t just that it’s tyrannical. It hurts the country. China’s system boosts national pride, health, and productivity. Ours undermines these values.
There are other tactics used by past regimes that are like those we face today. After the National Socialists took power, the Reichstag fire was a justification for the Enabling Act that centralized power. Joseph Goebbels and other officials forced public and private into line with National Socialism. This was called Gleichschaltung, or “co-ordination.”
Again, the aims our rulers pursue are different. Dinesh D’Souza suggested in The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left, that we are somehow governed by the ideological descendants of Nazis. Modern progressives’ obsession with seeing and fighting imaginary “Nazis” everywhere makes this a ridiculous claim. Calling the other side “the real Nazis” never works anyway.
Nonetheless, Mr. D’Souza is correct when he suggests that some of the tactics today’s progressives use are the same. “Progressives in America are using their dominance — actually their virtual monopoly — in the fields of academia, Hollywood, and the media to enforce their own Gleichschaltung,” he wrote in 2017. Now that we’ve seen practically every major institution in America reoriented to fighting “racism” as a central goal, it’s hard to disagree.
Here’s another example from German history. In East Germany, the Stasi (the Communist secret police) used a tactic called Zersetzung, or “decomposition.” Historian Hubertus Knabe said the Stasi tried to “destroy secretly the self-confidence of people, for example by damaging their reputation, by organizing failures in their work, and by destroying their personal relationships.” The goal was not to kill or imprison dissidents, but to make their lives worse and undermine their potential to oppose the regime.
However, it wasn’t just the Stasi’s power to spy on people that made it effective. There was also a vast network of informants that, according to some historians, may have included one out of every seven East Germans.
The 2006 film The Lives of Others is a vivid portrayal of the Stasi. I wonder whether such a film could be made today. We now see our own government trying to get new powers to spy on “domestic extremists.” Some Democrats want a “counter-insurgency” against white advocacy and demand that tech companies hide information and censor critics. We have ordinary citizens acting as informants, even ratting out family members. We have organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center that work with the government to try to make life more difficult for white advocates, even to the point of forcing them out of non-political jobs.
I wonder if journalists identify more with the Stasi agents than the dissidents in The Lives of Others. Perhaps they see their spiritual brothers in the Communist secret police as the heroes. The damning information about life in East Germany that the dissidents are trying to release is the socialist utopia’s high suicide rate. One can’t help but think about the soaring “deaths of despair” among whites in our democracy.
Mine is not a message of hopelessness. There are many ways to build the world you want from the bottom up. Strong people are banding together to work as groups to help our people physically, economically, and spiritually.
I also don’t want to preach victimization. We should not be like leftists and blame all our failings on “the System” or some other boogeyman. We must acknowledge our weaknesses, become stronger to overcome them, and work together.
But don’t ignore oppression. This system and those who run it hurt our people. Our struggle is for liberation. All the major institutions oppose us. Others in the past have faced the same thing. Whatever their motives, what our rulers are doing hurts our race.
As Sam Francis said, “At a time when the self-declared enemies of the white race define themselves in racial terms, only our own definition of ourselves in those terms can meet their challenge.” Even those who may not be our “self-declared” enemies act as if they were. We can’t deny what we face. There is no way out but through.