My deep-dive, with Talking Points Memo, on where American white nationalists and the alt-right go from here is now live:
Free meals, street brawls, political terror—white nationalists’ domestic directions are as diffuse as they are divergent. But there’s an additional component that takes the entire conception of white nationalism and flips it on itself, inverting it, negating it. It is, in a sense, a nationalism globalized, or a globalism nationalized, available to majority-white countries from Canada to Croatia, the United States to the United Kingdom. A trans-Atlantic league of white nationalists, swapping tactics, building networks and alliances and cross-border contingents to return whites to the primacy white nationalists feel they deserve.
This is Spencer’s new project. Bruised by Trump, deflated by far-right losses in the Netherlands, in Austria, and in France, Spencer is envisioning something grander—a sort of NATO for nativists, if you will. “I think in terms of a truly nationalist party, we’ve hit this cement ceiling in the sense that most bourgeois people are not going to go along with a real identitarianism,” Spencer says, describing his feelings following Marine Le Pen’s May loss in France. “They fear change. They believe in the myths of the 20th century, or the myths of the 21st century, and I just feel like that’s hit its limit.” Spencer unspools a quick run-down of post-war European politics to highlight his point, noting that “at no point have Euro-right parties ever achieved sustainable power”—save, perhaps, for Viktor Orban’s Hungary, but even Orban hasn’t fully broken with the strained traditions of Western liberalism. As Spencer tweeted following the second round of the French election, “We need to open ourselves up to different, supra-national models. A European political party? A global political party for White people?”