It’s always like conservatives and libertarians to take a good thing and ruin it unnecessarily. After the Anti-Defamation League–the leftist thought control agency–profiled controversial Rebel Media and Compound Media host Gavin McInnes as a racist and potential terror threat for founding the Proud Boys, he responded with a near-immediate purge of alt-right members from his pro-West fraternal organization.
“For the record, #ProudBoys [Virginia] are not alt-right. Stop splitting the group w that sh-t. If you are a [Virginia] PB who is [alt-right], you’re not a [Virginia] PB,” McInnes wrote in a Tweet with ominous ramifications for his group as a whole, which is supposed to have local autonomy.
McInnes certainly did the cause of freedom a favor by creating the Proud Boys, but it seems his creation has gotten out of hand. It caught on very quickly, and became a national phenomenon faster than anyone could have reasonably imagined. Looking at their old promotional video, it may have began as a complete joke. As a frequent Compound Media watcher, that is what I took it as initially. McInnes clearly didn’t think that his light-hearted group of chauvinistic rowdies would be profiled as white supremacists and become the victims of a media conspiracy in no time. The hoopla caught McInnes off guard, and he is reacting in the worst possible manner–playing into the hands of the left in his haste.
Former Liberty Conservative contributor turned YouTube sensation, James Allsup called out McInnes for his “line in the sand” posturing against the alt-right after the release of the ADL’s terror report.
“In my estimation, [McInnes] has lost control of the Proud Boys. His punching right is having a devastating effect on morale,” Allsup said to begin a series of Tweets. “Hundreds of PBs are either alt-right, or are alt-right sympathetic, and his “red line” today makes it clear: the alt-right = not welcome. I am seeing dozens of PBs saying they are leaving the organization. Dozens more will keep operating fully AR groups as PB chapters.”
Gavin responded to Allsup’s Tweets by writing, “Why would you assume I’m doing it to appease anyone? I’m just telling the truth… The only time our numbers go down is when a chapter gets infiltrated by AR. You have no perspective. I correspond with global members daily.” Of course, Gavin provided no evidence to back up his claim, and every possible indicator shows the opposite is actually occurring. It is Gavin’s desperate crusade to get the media to stop calling him racist that is driving wedges between the Proud Boys.
In the official Proud Boys national Facebook group, there are constant daily witch hunts against the supposed scourge of racism that is allegedly infiltrating every level of the organization. An ANTIFA-like atmosphere of thought control has arisen, and put a complete damper on the morale of the group. It used to be guys posting about women, beer, dirty jokes, and anti-liberal politics. It was a crass and ridiculous but amusing and jovial gang. It was an atmosphere that was drawing in men who might actually want to defend the West. That is changing rapidly, as an Orwellian vibe now taints each post. Fevered cultists commonly accuse people of racism or being a white supremacist without just cause. The complete and utter mindf-cking of the Proud Boys–sadly fostered by their own leader–is at hand.
Ironically, McInnes’ kowtowing to race-obsessed liberals only empowers more extremist groups such as Identity Evropa or the National Policy Institute to flourish. By wavering under the pressure, McInnes quite directly drives people into the camp of the white nationalists. White nationalists, while politically toxic and often over-the-top in their trolling, are virtually the only right-wing faction not buckling under the pressure these days. I consider myself to be a right-leaning libertarian, not an identitarian; however, it is virtually impossible not to notice this trend. For a particularly disgraceful recent example, look at the Oath Keepers: This is a group that was once one of the crown jewels of the libertarian movement, and it went from a pro-Bill of Rights organization to a gaggle of overweight simpletons choking out kids at rallies because the ADL told them that Pepe the Frog is a hate symbol. That’s the pathetic road the Proud Boys are going down unless they re-evaluate and change course quickly.
As McInnes goes on a witch hunt against alt-right leaning Proud Boys in a show of fealty to the mainstream media and political left, he gleefully enables some of the worst excrement of the Trump movement to embarrass the cause and prove the liberals right when it comes to “fake news.” McInnes is happy to co-align with talentless hacks such as the attention starved Laura Loomer, serial liar Jack Posobiec, and witless degenerate Lucian Wintrich. These are people with no accomplishments, no integrity and no principles who are using the new media landscape to whore themselves out for fame and cash. Loomer has become a tragic punch line of sorts in the conservative movement, using crowd-funded money for collagen injections and now a much-needed rhinoplasty under false pretenses. Posobiec embarrasses himself on a daily basis reporting blatant falsehoods through social media. Wintrich is essentially Milo Yiannopoulos–without the talent, charm, pizazz, charisma, or intelligence. McInnes helps these parasites to bleed the Trump movement dry because they tow the PC line on certain issues while dividing his own group unnecessarily to satisfy leftist cultural norms. It is very easy to see how liberals always dominate the conservatives (at least until Trump showed up) with their supposed leaders always behaving in such a manner.
As a Proud Boy myself, I don’t want to slam the door shut completely on this organization. There are many cool people in my local chapter who don’t care about witch hunts and just want to fight the left. McInnes, despite his faults, is a talented entertainer with many creative ideas on how to grow the conservative movement. I am not ready to put the Proud Boys in the same category as the controlled, defeated and cucked Oath Keepers. The demand is certainly out there for a group like the Proud Boys; just look at how fast it caught on! Americans desperately need to meet like-minded people, develop camaraderie, build community bonds, and defend themselves against enemies foreign and domestic. And nobody is calling for the Proud Boys to put the 14 words on their website, or officially adopt an identitarian bent to the organization, but it comes down to a matter of respect and understanding the dire situation facing us. We need all hands on deck in this war against the deranged left to preserve our civilization. This may mean uneasy alliances and other sacrifices to push the right forward. Anti-racist witch hunts and other exhibitions of virtue-signaling will only hand victory to our leftist enemies on a silver platter.