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    The Congress Has No Clothes: The Capitol Occupation & Post-Trumpian Populism



    The Boston Tea Party, when costumed LARPers began a revolution

    As an American observing Wednesday’s “mostly peaceful” protest at the Capitol from abroad, I admit I was taken by surprise. Foreign acquaintances had been asking me for months if anything dramatic would happen in relation to the election. While I was sure that a Trump victory would have led to BLM and Antifa violence on a scale we had never seen before, I assured everyone that in the event of a Biden win, discontent would be limited to the “proper political channels” and social media — not that I was happy about that, but that was my impression. But some friends back home had told me not to underestimate the anger that was brewing on the populist Right, and I realized I should have listened to them as I watched the incredible images on my screen.

    It’s still too early for anyone to say what this event will mean in the long run. Perhaps it will lead to a crackdown on the Right that will equal or dwarf what happened in the wake of Charlottesville. Perhaps it will lead to the birth of a genuine national populist movement in the US. Perhaps it’s just a flash in the pan that will ultimately mean nothing. I’m quite certain it wasn’t the death knell of the American Empire. But I’m sure I speak for many people reading this when I say that it gave me a lot of pleasure to see it happening. If nothing else, for one brief, shining moment, the white working class took center stage in American politics and brought the grinding engines of the Washington machine to a halt.

    Part of the difficulty in evaluating what happened is that it’s unclear who exactly was behind it. From all appearances, however, it wasn’t planned in advance. Unlike what his many detractors are saying, it’s not at all apparent that President Trump encouraged the crowd to occupy the Capitol; there is most definitely no hint of a call to violence in the speech that he gave beforehand. Also, the speed with which he condemned the occupation and agreed to concede the election the following day would seem to belie the theory that the event was part of an overall plan for a pro-Trump coup.

    Rather, it seems to have been a spur-of-the-moment decision by the crowd to escalate a mere protest to an occupation, inspired by their anger at a system that consistently ignores and rebukes them. Thus, there isn’t any particular group or organization with discernible goals that we can identify as being at the center of it; presumably, there were just as many reasons for people to go into the Capitol that day as there were people who were there. We can safely assume that the people who participated were a ragtag group of Trumpists, populists, Right-wingers, QAnon believers, and other political non-conformists who oppose the prospect of a Biden presidency. They certainly didn’t seem to have any specific objective in mind, either, or if they did it wasn’t apparent from the outside.

    I think for most of us who were watching, we simply had an overwhelming feeling of Schadenfreude — seeing the political elite that’s been selling us down the river and making our lives hell for decades for once the ones cowering in fear. This was most especially true of the Democrats, who got a taste of their own medicine after endlessly excusing and justifying BLM and Antifa violence over the past four years. Only a few weeks before, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted an ill-timed message justifying protests, writing, “The thing that critics of activists don’t get is that they tried playing the ‘polite language’ policy game and all it did was make them easier to ignore . . . The whole point of protesting is to make people uncomfortable. Activists take that discomfort with the status quo and advocate for concrete policy changes. Popular support often starts small and grows. To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable . . . that’s the point.” On this, we can agree with her.


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    Capitol rioters may be charged with sedition & insurrection, all options ‘on the table’ says Justice Department



    More than 90 people were arrested in connection with the storming of the US capitol, and some may face federal rioting, insurrection and sedition charges, the DOJ’s acting US attorney for Washington, DC told reporters.

    Michael Sherwin, acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, said Thursday that the DOJ has already charged 40 cases in the DC Superior Court, and will bring 15 more people up on federal charges later in the day.

    The charges so far include “unauthorized access and theft of property” but he said “all options were on the table” when asked if sedition or insurrection might be invoked.

    One man was arrested with “military-style gun and Molotov cocktails near” the US Capitol, Sherwin said, without elaborating whether the person in question had made it inside the complex.

    There are “national security concerns” about materials “stolen” from Capitol offices, Sherwin said. Asked if any Capitol Police officers had allowed the demonstrators in, he said that if there is evidence any officer was “complicit” in the breach, they would be scrutinized and charged.

    On Thursday, acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen called the storming of the Capitol an “attack on our Government and the rule of law” and vowed everyone involved will “face the full consequences of their actions.”

    Several hundred supporters of President Donald Trump breached the outer perimeter of the Capitol just as the joint session of Congress broke off to discuss objections to certifying Joe Biden’s election as president. A number of them later broke into the building, breaching the House and Senate chambers as well as several congressional offices before retreating.

    One demonstrator was shot and killed by Capitol Police. Three more people died from unspecified “medical emergencies” while on Capitol grounds, DC police said without offering further details.

    The lawmakers were evacuated to nearby Fort McNair, and returned later in the evening to complete Biden’s certification, with several Republicans dropping their objections citing the unrest as the reason.

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    I think I'll leave this here...

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    Whitepills from the Capitol



    The worst event since 9/11 happened this week. No, it wasn’t another terror attack, nor was it a natural catastrophe.

    Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and . . . just kinda wandered around. Sure, they had to fight their way in and break through doors and windows to obtain their objective. But the violence was far tamer than what we witnessed in nearly every American city at the hands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

    The one person killed was a Trump supporter who was executed for the grave crime of trying to climb through a window.

    Three other Trump supporters and a police officer died due to medical issues. These numbers didn’t hit 9/11 figures.

    Yet, the political and media elites insist this was a horrific terror attack and the perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law. In America, you can burn down a police headquarters and walk away scot-free if you do so in the name of George Floyd. But if you barge into Congress to defend the president, you may face 10 years in jail.

    There is a lot to blackpill over this event. President Trump himself condemned the demonstrators in his hostage-esque concession speech. The speech inspired a tsunami of despair from right-wingers, many wondering what was the whole point. Big Tech promises a new round of suppression, lawmakers pledge task forces to persecute Trump protesters, and normies everywhere believe the media’s lies about what transpired. It may be another Charlottesville in terms of its repercussions and cultural backlash.

    But it’s not all doom and gloom.

    The storming of the Capitol is a pivotal moment for the Right that will shape it for years to come. It may be, in Trump’s words, “just the beginning” rather than the end.

    Here are the important “whitepills” to take away from the demonstrations.



    Middle Americans Rose Up

    January Sixth presented an incredible sight: ordinary Middle Americans rioted over a right-wing issue. You would’ve never imagined this during the Tea Party days. Back then, conservatives peacefully protested Barack Obama, yet they were still seen as the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan. Now you see a more assertive Right that doesn’t care about following rules and shows remarkable dedication to a cause. Hundreds of thousands of Trump voters traveled to DC to protest the election; a few thousand were willing to scale the walls of the Capitol to make their voices heard.

    They may not share our views 100%, but these are ultimately our people. And they’re ready to fight. There is something positive in that alone. Our side needs to see ourselves as more than cattle who will accept whatever the system throws our way. For a brief moment, the system got a taste of what it dishes to white America.

    Delegitimized Institutions

    America’s “sacred” institutions — as commentators loved to call them — were tarnished this week. It exposed the system’s hypocrisy. Average Americans do not look fondly on Congress and its inhabitants. The sight of lawmakers cowering in fear at the sight of the people, complete with spacesuit headgear, does not engender respect. But the media instructed us the Capitol was our church, our sacred temple to democracy. Only the most loyal servants would believe this. Every institution vented its fury against the demonstrators — media outlets, politicians, law enforcement, and even corporations. The Right needs to lose its respect for these institutions in order to save the historic American nation. The Capitol demonstrations may have helped advance this goal. There’s no way any right-thinking conservative could see the scorn and sanctimony and believe that these people deserve to rule.

    Most importantly, millions of Americans now doubt the legitimacy of voting. Only three percent of Trump voters see Joe Biden as the legitimate winner of the 2020 election. The hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters who rallied to Stop the Steal fully believe the system threw out their votes. They see a system that will crush their most important democratic right if it suits its agenda. The violence unleashed by the state in response to election fraud cements that our democracy is fundamentally corrupt. They will no longer accept elections just because the elites tell them to.

    Delegitimized Republicans and a Radicalized Right

    Trump’s reliance on standard Republicans was a serious weakness of his presidency. He deferred to them far too often in policy, which resulted in a botched healthcare fight and no populist infrastructure plan. The final blows for this arrangement came with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking $2000 stimulus checks and Trump’s electoral college challenge. The establishment thinks it can regain control with Trump gone.

    Fat chance.

    None of these idiots could draw a fraction of Trump’s crowds and a fraction of the devotion Trump elicits from his supporters. At least a plurality of Republican voters supported the Capitol demonstrations. There are also many Republicans who would tell pollsters they opposed the protests, but they would still sympathize with their cause. This support is not going away, and it won’t transfer to McConnell or Mitt Romney. This is a radicalized Right that is more open to our ideas — even if many of them aren’t allowed to have a Twitter account.

    A True Martyr for the Right

    The American Right has had a few martyrs over the last year, but Ashli Babbit is the one people will remember. She was a mother, a veteran, and a small-business owner — pretty much the ideal Republican. Babbit died for the crime of crawling through a Capitol building window. Her killer: a black cop. She died for what she believed in. Her murder represents the depths to which the system will sink to defend its power. She symbolizes the ordinary white American who demanded her country represent her — and she took a bullet for it. She will stand condemned by the lackeys of our corrupt institutions, but she will be a martyr to those Americans who want their country back.

    Beclowned Empire

    Every world leader chimed in to condemn the Capitol demonstrations. America loves to lecture other countries about their lack of democracy and chaos. Now the whole world got to laugh at the sham that is contemporary American democracy. The storming undermined much of America’s liberal grandstanding to the world. Other countries now see America as no pillar for democracy and a complete hypocrite. It can’t even guard its own capital nor conduct a fair election. The world will remember this week’s events the next time the Empire lectures about “values” and “freedom.”

    Balkanized America

    The sharply different responses to the demonstrations reveal a nation that no longer sees eye to eye on anything. Blue America saw it as a domestic terror attack that warranted massive lethal force. Red America saw it as an act of defiance against a corrupt government. This is just another example of both sides beginning to radicalize. Blue America endorses Antifa and BLM riots and pretends they’re peaceful. Red America is rightfully horrified by those acts of violence. Both sides are starting to sympathize with political violence. This is a nation that cannot return to “normality” under President Biden. The post-war consensus will never return, and these divisions will continue to grow. A Balkanized America presents greater opportunities for us to save our civilization. The vast majority of America submitting to the status quo ensures we are consigned to irrelevance.

    The fallout from the Capitol demonstrations will probably be severe. Some on our side may decry the demonstrations due to these harmful effects. They are mistaken. The system would use any pretext to suppress us. If it wasn’t the demonstrations, it would’ve been something else.

    It’s necessary for our people to resist their dispossession. Wednesday’s demonstrations showed that. Our task is to ensure this defiance is not neutered and we build a movement that will save whites from dalitization.

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    Ashli Babbitt was 35 years old whenshe was murdered in Washington, DC. She was shot down by "law enforcement" for being in the wrong place at a very wrong time. She was unarmed, not threatening anyone, and she wasn't even specifically targeted by the shooter, who simply fired through a door (as Joe Biden recommends we all do) into a crowd of people.


    Ashli Babbitt was a 14-year veteran of the US Air Force, and had served four foreign military tours, including to Iraq and Afghanistan. She was a Trump supporter who believed that the November presidential election was fraud-ridden and deserved a real investigation. But no such investigation was going to happen because the powers-that-be didn't want it. Not Democrats, not Republicans, not the Supreme Court, and certainly not the media.


    And so Ashli was among the hundreds of thousands of Americans who came to Washington to protest on January 6th. Not to commit the acts of violence,looting, and destruction that have swept our nation over the past year (to the unanimous praise of those on the Left), but rather to carry a simple message tothe power elite: "We deserve to be heard." And that message got her executed in "the people's house."To hear the media tell it, a bloody revolution attempt took place in the streets and corridors of Washington DC on that day. Those on the Left claim to be horrified at the indiscriminate violence which resulted in...some broken windows. Although, unlike when the Left is "demonstrating," once those windows were broken, no molotov cocktails were thrown through them. Ashli Babbitt went to Washington for all of us who believe that the election was a fraud and a farce, and who want nothing other than a rigorous investigation to determine if America still has free elections. She died in that pursuit, and this honored military veteran is already being demonized bythe history-spinners as a rioter, terrorist, and traitor. No mayor will paint"HER LIFE MATTERED" in the streets of Washington DC. She deserves better. Although we find the comparison distasteful, Ashli Babbitt should become the Right's new "George Floyd." Albeit not someone witha criminal history who died clumsily by their own hand out of a fondness for street drugs, but someone who died fulfilling an oath she once took to protect the Constitution of the United States.


    A super majority of Dems is about to embark on the most radical shift in America's course that we've ever seen. Freedoms will fall, economies will falter, and "thoughtcrime" will be severely punished ~ which is particularly threatening to those of us who just can't seem to give up the habit of thinking. That being said, all is not lost.


    Over 70 million Americans voted to continue the progress made during the Trump administration. Progress that lifted every race, gender, faith, and economic class. Those people still want what's best for America and Americans... all Americans. And a majority of these people believe that the election was stolen.


    These tens of millions of people will peacefully do everything in their power to right the wrongs being visited upon us. How best to do that remains to be seen, but even as the Tea Party bloomed into spontaneous (and politically effective) life, so will a new movement. Which I, personally,can't wait to join.






















    Not exactly a scene of violence. But rude and staged for maximum theatrical effect.





    SNIPPITS AND SNAPPITS JANUARY 9 2021.


    MSM's job is is to simply ignore this and deliver the globalist establishment's narrative.

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    The leftist useful idiot instigators and perpetrators of the much more destructive and widespread criminal violence and riots over the past year still largely remain free and uncharged, of course. No apparent diligence in apprehending and prosecuting them by law enforcement overall. So strange.
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    All the platforms that have banned or restricted Trump so far



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    Platforms are rapidly removing Donald Trump’s account or accounts affiliated with pro-Trump violence and conspiracies, like QAnon and #StoptheSteal.

    Here is a running list:

    REDDIT:

    WHAT: Reddit has banned the subreddit group "r/DonaldTrump," a spokesperson confirmed to Axios on Friday.
    COMMENT: "Reddit's site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed," a spokesperson tells Axios.
    CONTEXT: While not an official group or page hosted by the president, it's one of the company's largest political communities dedicated to support for President Trump.

    TWITCH:

    WHAT: Twitch disabled Trump's channel, citing the move as a "necessary step" to protect its community and "prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence."
    COMMENT: “In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel. Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President's incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence," a spokesperson told Axios.
    CONTEXT: Twitch was one of the first platforms in June to temporarily ban Trump's channel for hateful content around the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer.

    SHOPIFY:

    WHAT: Shopify took down two online stores affiliated with Trump — his organization and his campaign's merchandise sites — for violating its policies on supporting violence.
    COMMENT: "Shopify does not tolerate actions that invite violence. Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump." - a spokesperson told The Financial Times.
    CONTEXT: Shopify had until Friday gone the farthest in actually de-platforming Trump, as his stores were permanently removed, not temporarily disabled.

    TWITTER:

    WHAT: Twitter announced Friday the platform will permanently ban President Trump's account effective immediately.
    COMMENT: "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter said in a statement.
    CONTEXT: It's Twitter's strongest-ever action against the president's account and comes in response to the "risk of further incitement of violence," per the social media company.

    GOOGLE:

    WHAT: Google has pulled Parler, a social media app for conservatives and far-right extremists.
    COMMENT: "In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence," a Google spokesperson said.
    CONTEXT: Google’s move immediately suspends Parler, going further than Apple's earlier decision to remove the app unless it submits a content moderation plan.

    YOUTUBE:

    WHAT: YouTube is accelerating its enforcement of election misinformation and voter fraud claims against Trump and other channels.
    COMMENT: "Due to the extraordinary events that transpired yesterday, and given that the election results have been certified, any channel posting new videos with these false claims in violation of our policies will now receive a strike, a penalty which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming. Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube," Alex Joseph, a YouTube spokesperson, told Axios.
    CONTEXT: YouTube is typically slow to take action on bad content and accounts. Its response, while swift, was somewhat benign compared to competitors removing or disabling Trump's account. YouTube did remove the video Trump posted Wednesday that addressed the Capitol violence without fully condemning it.

    FACEBOOK:

    WHAT: Facebook banned Donald Trump from posting on his Facebook accounts for at least the next two weeks until the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden is complete.
    COMMENT: "We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post Thursday.
    CONTEXT: On Wednesday, Facebook did remove the video Trump posted Wednesday addressing the violence without fully condemning it before taking greater action against Trump on Thursday.

    INSTAGRAM:

    WHAT: Instagram banned Donald Trump from posting on his Facebook accounts for at least the next two weeks until the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden is complete.
    COMMENT: "We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post Thursday.
    CONTEXT: On Wednesday, Instagram's parent Facebook did remove the video Trump posted addressing the violence without fully condemning it before taking greater action against Trump on Thursday.

    SNAPCHAT:

    WHAT: Snapchat disabled Trump's Snapchat account Wednesday because it believes the account promotes and spreads hate and incites violence, a spokesperson said.
    COMMENT: "We can confirm that earlier today we locked President Trump's Snapchat account," Snap spokesperson Rachel Racusen told Axios.
    CONTEXT: Snapchat was one of the first major social platforms to take serious action on Trump's account for threats to democracy in June when the company said it stopped promoting his account in its "Discover" section, which features professional content and other prominent people.

    TIKTOK:

    WHAT: TikTok is removing content violations and redirecting hashtags like #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty to its community guidelines.
    COMMENT: "Hateful behavior and violence have no place on TikTok. Content or accounts that seek to incite, glorify, or promote violence violate our Community Guidelines and will be removed," a TikTok spokesperson said.
    CONTEXT: Other hashtags like #stopthesteal and #QAnon have been redirected since last year.

    APPLE:

    WHAT: Apple on Friday threatened to remove right-wing-friendly social media app Parler from its App Store if Parler doesn’t lay out a plan to moderate its content.
    COMMENT: "We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property,” Apple wrote to Parler in an email obtained by BuzzFeed News. “The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”
    CONTEXT: Apple is flexing its power to try to get Parler to moderate its content.

    DISCORD:

    WHAT: Discord says it has banned server The Donald, per journalist Casey Newton.
    COMMENT: "While there is no evidence of the server being used to organize the Jan 6 riots, Discord decided to ban the entire server today due to its overt connection to an online forum used to incite violence and plan an armed insurrection in the United States," per Mother Jones' Ali Breland.
    CONTEXT: The Discord account was connected to the pro-Trump social network TheDonald.Win.

    PINTEREST:

    WHAT: Pinterest has been limiting hashtags related to pro-Trump topics such as #StopTheSteal since around the November election, a spokesperson said.
    COMMENT: "Pinterest isn’t a place for threats, promotion of violence or hateful content," a Pinterest spokesperson said. "Our team is continuing to monitor and removing harmful content, including misinformation and conspiracy theories that may incite violence.”
    CONTEXT: Trump doesn't have a Pinterest account, and the platform has tried to stay away from political content, but Pinterest hasn't been able to squelch it completely.

    The bottom line: Trump is quickly losing access to all the platforms where he once was able to spread his message freely, but groups of his supporters will still be able to gather online.

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    We Should Be Very Worried About Joe Biden’s “Domestic Terrorism” Bill



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    Joe Biden used to brag that he practically wrote the Patriot Act, the Bush-era law that massively increased government surveillance powers. Now he’s hoping to pass a further “domestic terrorism” law once in office. The danger is real that the January 6 Capitol attack will be used as an excuse to severely curtail our civil liberties.

    Nearly two decades since its initial passage in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Patriot Act has continued to linger in our collective memory. Though few Americans probably remember much about its provisions or specifics, the Bush-era legislation long ago entered into general usage as an synonym for heavy-handed domestic surveillance and institutional overreach — the words “Patriot Act” now being practically synonymous with secrecy, eavesdropping, and the rolling back of civil liberties under the intentionally broad guise of “national security.”

    Given the law’s contents and implications in practice, this reputation is well deserved. Passing the Senate with only a single dissenting vote, the Patriot Act dramatically expanded the power of federal authorities to spy on ordinary Americans with minimal oversight: enabling the FBI to obtain detailed information about citizens’ banking history and personal communications without having to seek judicial approval and even allowing “sneak and peek” searches of homes and offices. “The Patriot Act,” in the rather blunt words of a brief prepared by the ACLU, “[turned] regular citizens into suspects.”

    Predictably, a great deal of law enforcement activity resulted from the ludicrously titled law (USA PATRIOT was a backronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”). According to data released by the Department of Justice, the FBI made hundreds of thousands of incursions into personal phone, computer, and financial records in the years immediately following its passage — the utility of these searches in identifying or preventing actual terrorist activities being debatable, to say the least.

    Despite passing with widespread support, the Patriot Act was still considered extreme enough for lawmakers to attach sunset clauses to several of its major provisions, guaranteeing their expiry in lieu of congressional renewal (which, incidentally, eventually came under George W. Bush and again under Barack Obama).

    One prominent Delaware lawmaker, however, felt it didn’t go far enough.

    Ahead of the nearly unanimous October 25, 2001, Senate vote on the Patriot Act, Joe Biden was regularly claiming the law as his own, boasting in an interview with the New Republic: “I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing. And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill.” Biden wasn’t wrong. In fact, key parts of the Bush administration’s signature national security law were drawn from provisions contained in Biden’s own 1995 anti-terrorism bill. Originally called the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act, Jacobin’s Branco Marcetic summarized it contents as follows:

    The bill made “terrorism” a new federal crime, allowed those charged with terrorism to be automatically detained before trial, outlawed donations to government-designated terrorist groups, allowed electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists, and created a special court to deport noncitizens accused of terrorism (ironically, when Bush had proposed a similar measure years before, Biden had denounced it as “the very antithesis of our legal system”). It also let the government use evidence from secret sources in those trials.

    Calling the Patriot Act “measured and prudent” during an approving speech on the Senate floor, Biden would nonetheless lament the removal of sections from his 1995 bill that would have given police even more sweeping powers of surveillance.

    This particular episode aside, Biden’s career and voting history suggest a decidedly dodgy record on civil liberties. In 1996, he voted for Bob Dole’s Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act—deemed by legal scholar Lincoln Caplan to be “one of the worst statutes ever passed by Congress” thanks to its undermining of habeas corpus. Though he eventually took to criticizing the administration’s surveillance programs once they became unpopular, Biden’s positions later in the Bush era often earned him only middling ratings from the ACLU.

    Given this history, and recent events, Biden’s purported plan to introduce a new domestic terrorism law gives us plenty of reason to worry. As in 2001, the ground currently looks fertile for such legislation to find a big (and potentially bipartisan) constituency even if its contents prove repressive or heavy-handed. The Trump era, with its incessant valorizing of security and intelligence officials and general atmosphere of emergency, has worryingly seemed to lay the groundwork for something resembling a second Patriot Act to find support among liberals — especially if they’re encouraged to believe its sole targets will be figures associated with the likes of QAnon. Against this backdrop, the deep (and understandable) sense of shock in the wake of this month’s Capitol storming will probably act like gasoline poured on an open flame.

    However such legislation may be justified with liberal-sounding language, there’s absolutely no reason to believe authorities wouldn’t use new powers to target groups that have nothing to do with Donald Trump or Trumpism. Police almost certainly infiltrated Black Lives Matter protests last summer, and American law enforcement has a long and ignominious history of targeting progressive groups — not to mention socialists, trade unions, and civil rights activists. As this history suggests, the premise behind any new anti-terrorism law will also be wrong on its face: the American state hardly faces excessive restrictions on its capacity to surveil, discipline, and punish. (The FBI, to take an obvious example, already possesses considerable power to investigate groups suspected of extremist activity.)

    And, while there is seldom a good time to restrict civil liberties, the aftermath of a bloody riot in the Capitol that raises serious questions about police conduct, and about the presence of far-right forces inside law enforcement, seems like a particularly bad moment to do so.

    After the September 11 attacks, Congress hastily approved a sweeping and Orwellian piece of legislation that drew heavily on a bill written by Joe Biden. With Biden about to enter office amid a climate of social instability and deep public anxiety, there’s an all-too-real risk that history will repeat itself.

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    A line was crossed on January 6, 2021: a large group of what seemed to be almost entirely white Americans marched to the Capitol building in Washington DC in an effort to both express a general displeasure at election fraud and to protest the confirmation of the deeply, hopelessly corrupt and soulless neoliberal Joe Biden as President. They did it beautifully, in a magnificent display of American eccentricity and what used to be called the “can-do spirit.” Anyone who did not tear up, laugh out loud, or howl in joy at some point while watching these events transpire missed out on the most quintessentially American event of our lifetimes.

    For the normal American white man, the Capitol protest was inspirational. But from the immediate back-stabbing from supposed political allies to the predictable condemnation from the usual racial enemies, the normal white man likely feels silenced, perhaps in fear for his job or his safety, and alienated (possibly even from his own family) by his private feelings of joy and thus retreats tragically further into his isolated world of secret pride and longing for an irrecoverable past. He needs to see and hear us publicly defend him. He needs to know that he is not alone, that he is right to feel proud, and that White Nationalists are the ones on his side. He needs to know that there is a future beyond demonization, mockery, erasure, and constantly keeping his mouth shut about everything that matters to him.

    Besides, there is no going back now and there never is: we either claim this as a victory for our side or we apologize for yet another trumped-up charge forever. Choose now.

    Fortunately, the choice is quite easy: it really is more clear than ever that we will triumph over this bloated, corrupt, teetering empire. The rigged election of Joe Biden was our greatest victory yet, and the storming of the Capitol should be seen as a victory party, the beginning of a new era, the official start date of the next phase of Post-America.

    The American White Nationalist has always been aware of the occupation of his government by a foreign power. He has always known that behind every “defender of democracy,” with his carefully manicured “shirt sleeves rolled up to get the job done” image, was a sleazy collaborator, eager to sell out his countrymen, happy to vandalize and pollute the very land his ancestors spilled their blood to attain, passionate in his commitment to providing a safe haven for the world’s elite economic terrorists and the world’s street criminals.

    It is, however, just starting to dawn upon average conservatives from coast to coast that something has gone seriously wrong in this country, that forces darker than they had previously thought are working to prevent them from having a say in their own futures, that the problem might not be as simple as “Demonrats.”

    A large segment of American whites is beginning to feel a growing unease with their relationships to all levels of government. The President, the man they thought would save them, cannot even save himself. The men in blue they so proudly and vocally support arrest them in the streets for daring to defend themselves from violent anarchist freaks. On 1-6-21, the police actually shot in the neck and killed Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed white woman, for engaging in what would have been universally described as a peaceful protest if she had been black or an anarchist or some other sort of system-sanctioned activist. When whites protest an obviously fraudulent election and get murdered by cops for doing so, we are called domestic terrorists by our own government and condemned by the leaders of the party that somehow still manages to get most of our votes.

    A similar, though milder and less immediately consequential, trajectory of disillusion is occurring among so-called progressives who are starting to regret having voted for Joe Biden. They too were sold a lie. The hysterical Trump-hatred and extended Cold War director’s cut fever dreams of the past four years have had most of them convinced that Joe Biden was somehow the better choice for Chief Israel Stooge. But instead of whatever it was they thought would happen — who can actually tell? — they simply managed to position a sickeningly ordinary neoliberal for installation into the White House at which time he proceeded to fill his cabinet with the lowest DC vermin he could find, often hiding them in plain sight covered under the carefully crafted moral veil of non-whiteness (the new “get out of jail free card” for Americans dumb enough to still believe anything said by cable news hosts and the permanent television seat-warmer class). They are starting to figure out that “diversity” is a scam but they have no one on their side who is willing or able to lead them any further towards the light. Though their shock is truly bewildering, one can certainly sympathize with their disgust.

    A new generation of progressive American whites, along with their Trump-supporting counterparts, are angry and ready for real change. But who will give it to them? It might be too soon to say. We can, however, make sure that pro-white, anti-immigration, anti-war, anti-capitalist voices are part of the conversation. If we relinquish our role in this very real American political realignment either by continuing to support Republicans and Democrats or by resigning ourselves to permanent neoliberal hegemony then we stand no chance of attaining real power or any ability to acquire lasting benefits for whites.

    It is certainly not a stretch to argue that the explicit anti-whiteness which has now become standard among mainstream politicians and news media will start to make many more whites uncomfortable in the near future — and not in the “good” way intended by Jews and other diversity cheerleaders (very few white people are going to come out of this mess with better feelings towards non-whites of any race). Both parties are experiencing an exodus of Americans better able to spot lies and more upset by corruption than their neighbors. This is our audience.

    In the days following the events of January 6, the entire Judeo-capitalist class and its political henchmen from both parties have condemned the Capitol protestors in comically hyperbolic terms while agents of its individual corporate tentacles have been busy flexing their censorious muscles and — quite naturally — spitting in the doughy faces of the sad, socially acceptable, and politically impotent half-men who choose principles over power. This works to our advantage: Bank of America, Ted Cruz, Dan “Eyepatch McCain” Crenshaw, Ben and Jerry’s, Chevron, and every bimbo with a degree in meaninglessness have condemned the protestors.

    Displaying blatantly anti-white sentiment, profound hypocrisy, and groveling before a legal system now proven to be irredeemably corrupt in the eyes of millions of white Americans could not be better for those of us who have claimed for decades that our system is a rotten and murderous inversion of all that is good and decent. The short-term inconveniences of deplatforming and “no-fly lists” among other things are nothing compared to the long-term gain of total illegitimacy. The empire’s palms are sweating, and they just shook hands with the new year.

    Tempting though it might be under the hot interrogation lights, it is important to not distance ourselves from the protestors: do not claim that they were Antifa; do not claim that the police let them in. This not only diminishes their triumph, but it will do nothing to minimize their inevitable individual punishments or the wave of retribution to which we will all be subjected in the form of censorship and lost freedoms. Defend them at every turn as heroes — because they are. Whether they were there simply for the spectacle or for serious political reasons, they were present in a heroic moment, and will suffer the consequences of heroes. The human margins of empire are often messy, and its fall might at times make snobs uncomfortable. So be it.

    For those of us who have been White Nationalists or something broadly equivalent for a long time, the coming months and years will require great patience as more people start looking to us in order to figure out what this is all about. The facts and concepts we take for granted will be brand new to most people and the frustrated dismissal of basic questions from newcomers willing to engage us must be suppressed more often than not (although good-natured bullying and mockery are in fact their own particular teaching styles). 1-6-21 showed anyone with a brain who the real resistance is and that it has very little to do with Donald Trump and, like most White Nationalists said from day one, it never did. Both progressives and conservatives have been sold out (even by Trump, which ought to come as no surprise). There are millions of politically homeless American whites whose politics overlap a great deal on important issues but do not yet understand how or why: we can tell them and win them over. We can and we will. And when we do, the next time we protest it can be as one voice, peacefully and with an unprecedented energy borne of solidarity and purpose.

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