One eyewitness reported that a few dozen protesters had shown up,
which may be the largest number to ever protest an NPI event. However,
security was tight and it was not difficult to evade the protesters,
who, by all accounts, were looking to expose the identities of those
attending the conference. Access was limited to two well-guarded
elevators leading to the Rotunda room and only those with tickets were
allowed to use the elevators. Entering through a side entrance, or
through the parking garage below the building, allowed many to bypass
potential threats to their personal safety.
If anything, the number of protesters and the sound of their
desperate screams rising from the streets below only added to the energy
of the conference. Perhaps this is because of the irony that on this
night true dissidents of the anti-white system were “occupying” a
luxurious space in the heart of a hostile regime, while the “so brave”
enforcers of the regime were helpless to stop us. There was a distinct
sense that we are winning and that our enemies are afraid, and no one
could deny that Donald Trump is the cause of this panic. Trump has
created a momentum that works in our favor and exposes how thin the
veneer of control is over our people. The purpose of this conference
seemed to be to acknowledge Trump’s role, while also looking
realistically at the future of white racial identity politics and the
Alt-Right in general.
Looking around the Rotunda and seeing that over ninety percent of the
attendees were dressed in stylish formal attire, one could not help but
feel that this was a gathering a secret agents in our movement; the
James Bonds in service of a new order, the Jason Bournes awakening and
becoming red-pilled to the nightmare reality of a system that exploits
us, using us to our own detriment and to the detriment of the world.
It’s not prudent to list names, but there were many familiar faces,
including well-known bloggers, Twitter celebrities, several
Counter-Currents writers, and numerous activists. Additionally, there
were many new faces, people coming to a conference like this for the
first time. Most of the new people I spoke to belonged to the “TRS
faction” of White Nationalism.
For the first hour or so, attendees mingled and introduced
themselves. A buffet of food was available (some kind of meat and
potatoes, and little pizzas with various toppings), and there was a cash
bar. The celebratory mood was infectious. There was almost a sense of
disappointment when people were asked settle in and to direct their
attention to the podium so that the speeches could begin. Every seat was
filled, and many people stood in a large semi-circle in the aisle along
back edge of the circular room. The program had an informal feel as
people were free to get up and get more food or drink throughout the
The video blogger Ramzpaul presented first with his typical stand-up
comedian style on the topic of “The Alternative Right and Masturbating
to Anime.” He began by playing the notorious video of GOP consultant
Rick Wilson on MSNBC, who denounced the Alt-Right supporters of Donald
Trump as “childless single men who masturbate to anime.” Ramzpaul
embraced the insult with a PowerPoint presentation that utilized
pictures of anime girls (2D waifus) to illustrate his points. He offered
a basic introduction to what the Alternative Right is by identifying
the three pillars of the Alt-Right as race realism, sex realism, and
natural order. The last one meaning an acceptance of hierarchy in
society and a critique of democracy.
Ramzpaul’s talk laid the groundwork to contextualize why we are
supporters of Trump, but he touched very little on the current
presidential race. About ten or fifteen minutes after Ramzpaul began,
the members of mainstream press broke down their camera equipment and
departed, missing the bulk of the program. Why they left is unclear.
Perhaps they were not capturing the incendiary rhetoric they had hoped
for that might be somehow used to further discredit Trump. Ramzpaul
brought his discussion full circle in the end with a quote from the
movie Fight Club, “Self-improvement is masturbation.”
Kevin MacDonald gave the second speech, which was all about Trump and
why he has emerged at the front-runner among Republican candidates. Dr.
MacDonald talked about how the Republican Party has failed to address
the demographic needs of its core constituency, white Americans, while
at the same time, the Party devotes much of its efforts to serving the
demographic needs of Israel. Trump has emerged not only as a figure with
celebrity appeal, but as a man who is seemingly impervious to the slur
of racism his opponents attempt to label him with. As a result, he has
emboldened many white Americans to at least stand up for themselves in
regards to illegal immigration.
Dr. MacDonald spoke in the most explicitly racial terms of anyone at
the conference. Had the press stuck around a bit longer, they might have
gotten a juicier clip from his speech. One wonders what the staff
servicing the conference thought about the things he said. Nearly all of
the servers were non-white, either black or Hispanic, a trend that has
been constant at every NPI event. For the most part, the second
presentation was standard fare for anyone who has read web sites like
VDare.com or American Renaissance.
Richard Spencer was the final speaker of the evening and his talk
also concerned Donald Trump. First he explained why Trump is in many
ways the perfect Alt-Right response to the Republican establishment. He
is so rich that he can’t be bought. He has populist appeal among the
masses. He embodies some but not all of the values the Alt-Right cares
about. He is living proof that it is possible through the sheer will of
personality to buck the system.
At the same time, Mr. Spencer cautioned that our movement should
still distance itself from Trump. It is unwise to assert that he is
secretly one of us, or that his goals are the same as our goals.
Fantasies of “Der Trumpenfuhrer” aside, White Nationalists must accept
that even if Trump were to become president, it would not be a victory
for our cause. At best it will only buy us some time. We must remain
vigilant and prepare for what we must do after Trump, whether or not he
wins or loses.
During the question and answer time after the speeches were finished,
one questioner asked what we should do if Trump doesn’t win. Richard
Spencer answered the question by saying that, in a sense, Trump has
already won. While this answer might not have provided the practical
details that the questioner was looking for, it does hint at a plan. We
can look at how Trump has succeeded thus far and try to emulate his
winning qualities. While Trump may not be one of us, there may be some
among us who can follow his examples. In another sense, what Trump has
accomplished is to shift the national mood towards our direction, and
this opens new opportunities for us to recruit the best among our people
to the cause of white sovereignty.
As the evening reached its end, most of the conference attendees
stayed as late as possible, saying good-byes, exchanging contact
information, and even gathering together for group photos, something
hitherto unseen before at this type of event. It seemed clear that the
gathering could have lasted all night if it had been allowed. While the
speeches were all excellent, it was the fellowship that really made the
event worthwhile. As it was, the staff at the Ronald Reagan Building was
gracious enough to allow us to stay until a little after 11 o’clock
before asking us to leave.
Overall, this conference was another great success for the National
Policy Institute and many were vowing to return to the next one. Video
or audio of the presentations will no doubt soon be made available by
NPI for those who were unable to attend, but it is clear that those in
our movement are eager for more real-life interactions and there is
great demand for more opportunities to meet in person. If we build it
they will come.