Matthew-John Heimbach came onto my radar in 2014. At the time, I was still writing at A Voice for Men, and their conference had been getting terrorist threats from feminists and other communist agitators. The “thick vs. thin” libertarian divide was at its height, and I was only beginning to realize the power of identity politics, when I just happened to see this piece from Vice in my Facebook feed about a “White Student Union” formed by Heimbach and friends at Towson University, in Maryland.
As I read and watched video from the story, it was pointed out that every imaginable identity group had already been established on the campus, save for that of whites. When Matt decided to start his White Student Union, you might be less than surprised to find out that he met a great deal of resistance. Whites organizing for their interests was deemed uniquely wicked by students and faculty alike, because racism.
Ultimately, the university never did recognize the WSU. In during the course of the debate however, Matt did manage to get Jared Taylor of American Renaissance to speak at the campus. Extra security was needed to deal with the threats of violence by those who oppose white interests, but luckily Antifa hadn’t resorted to arson yet and Mr. Taylor was able to give his talk.
This was my first exposure to Taylor, and a well articulated white nationalist message centered around white interests as opposed to complaining about other racial groups. Taylor rightly pointed out that diversity is antithetical to the way people actually organize their lives. Whites tend to live around other whites, blacks tend to live around other blacks, and you can extrapolate this out to other racial, ethnic, and identity groups. For an hour and a half, Taylor spoke and took questions from the audience. No matter how hard his detractors baited him, he never got angry or attacked any other group. He simply pointed out the facts and discussed how those facts placed pressure upon whites to organize for their interests.
Predictably, the entire thing was dismissed as racism and hatred anyway. It took awhile for me to get to a point where I felt compelled to more actively speak out for white interests, but I clearly remember this as the time I realized it was necessary.
I even wrote about it at the time. In my piece “Time For White Male Thick Libertarianism?” I questioned whether my old standby of “thin libertarianism” or, narrowly focusing on non-aggression to the exclusion of all other issues, was as wise as I had previously thought. Leftists perpetually tell us that women and non-whites are horribly oppressed by white males and thus need to be lifted up at the expense of their oppressors. Now it seemed obvious to me that it was the Men’s Conference and the White Student Union being oppressed by the society. If identity politics were to be a part of libertarianism, clearly the demographic that is most heavily represented in libertarianism would need to be the identity fought for.
A lot has happened since then. Matt went on to start the Traditionalist Worker’s Party, and got himself profiled by the race pimps of the Southern Poverty Law Center. I got fired from broadcast radio, and got involved with the Alt Right. More recently we met briefly after Richard Spencer’s event in Auburn Alabama, and I went down to Pikeville Kentucky to stand with Matt and others against Antifa terrorists.
While there, it became obvious to me that white identity, important though it may be, was no more sufficient to hold a society together than non-aggression. When one begins looking out for the interests of white people, it quickly becomes obvious that there is not universal agreement on what those interests are. Particularly when it comes to economics.
National Socialism is unsurprisingly the go-to for white identitarian movements. The ideas of the guy who resisted the aggressions of an entire planet for the master race, carry a good deal of sway amongst those who seek to see that race preserved. On the other hand, white people (and males in particular) have typically favored free and competitive markets, trade, and minimal government interference in their lives. It seems to me quite a jump then, to have a centrally planned economy as the answer to the troubles whites find themselves in today.
So Matt will join us for the full two hours today. I am not sure if I will take calls, or how many I will take, but you are welcome to sit on hold and see if we take you on the air. In the first hour, I would like to let the audience get to know Matt, and in the second we’ll delve into the subject of economics.
This is a discussion you do not want to miss.
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