The Manifesto of White Nationalism (WN) is the most comprehensive apologetic I've read so far in this genre. Greg Johnson is part of the academic spearhead for this rising movement. He claims WN does not have 'leaders' and is just a disparate collection of networks - but there is no shortage of 'influencers' on blogs, U-Tube channels, mainstream media and e-books. White identity politics is one of the hottest current issues.
WN in a nutshell: a belief that white nations (ie those of European descent) have become an endangered species, requiring a bold strategy to avoid extinction. The premise of WN politics is complete racial segregation - followed by the creation of white-only ethno-states. This perspective is informed by neo-Nazi White Genocide Theory and Johnson uses an extended biological metaphor to articulate this theory.
The book is a strident condemnation of the contemporary political scene - both Right and Left. He attributes this parlous state to various factors: the Left-wing oligarchy, feminism, multiculturalism, liberalism, the cult of diversity, individualism, and (of course) Jews. He develops the theme of all-white homelands & how these can be achieved. His projected time frame for completion of the process is about 50 years.
Prior to the realisation of this vision, Johnson emphasises the need to build the movement and set up a new order. A leadership of suitable calibre will emerge from this new order - fit to govern all-white homelands. He suggests proselytising methods, especially the recruitment of idealistic young people.
The Manifesto is not written in a vacuum. Against the background of recent fatal shootings in the US, the WN movement is under pressure to control its criminal elements. A recent report from the Right-leaning Henry Jackson Institute shows a four-fold increase in white nationalist violence in the past year. Social media has also created a much faster route between the ivory tower and the mean streets. Influencers in the movement have to deal with supporters who enjoy a good riot - or worse.
Johnson addresses awkward questions about links with old Nazism and white supremacists. He denies that WN is the same as white supremacy, arguing that whites have no desire to create empires outside their homelands. I wasn't convinced by this denial. Neither was I at ease with enforced 'repatriation' of non-whites to their country of origin. Or the complete exodus of Jews to Israel. It would be interesting to see how a country the size of Wales could accommodate them all! The book raises many troubling ethical questions.
Greg Johnson's vision for WN is bold. WN is 'inevitable' and is bent on nothing less than 'saving the world', ie whites get saved first and all other follow - perhaps. The narrative shows little concern for the fate of non-whites after their relocation. Overall, the Manifesto does exactly what it says on the tin. For better or worse you are left in no doubt about WN's aims and objectives.
So what does the future hold? Johnson presents us with a binary choice - Paradise Regained or Apocalypse Now. White is right and Left is wrong. Such appealing simplicity in a crazy world. Unfortunately reality tends to be a little more complicated. Is it possible that we might be exchanging one doctrinaire ideology (diverse, individualistic, liberal, gender flexible) for one that is equally autocratic (illiberal, traditional, exclusive)? I don't see either leading to peace-on-earth. Maybe we need to go to another Book.