What’s most revealing about Gavin McInnis’s “stepping down from the Proud Boys” video is that he’s clearly learned nothing from the the whole affair. #ProudBoys #GavinMcInnis
I cringed hearing Gavin claim that his controversial statements were part of an ongoing comedy routine, and that he really meant it when he acted like a conventional conservative. (My hope is that the exact opposite is closer to the truth.)
Gavin always played a double game: on one hand, he was the ultimate bad boy: bashing feminists and transsexuals with abandon. On the other hand, he was the ultimate good boy: the “pro-gay-Zionist-lover-of-Indian-immigrants-and-guys-with-Black Girlfriends.”
Since 2017, Gavin seemed mostly to define himself as “I’m not Alt-Right!”
The Proud Boys, too, played a double game. On one hand, they were more rough and tumble and ready for a fight than any Alt-Right group, including TWP. On the other, their expressed ideology was essentially neoconservatism for morons.
The Proud Boys “optics” were both uncouth and impeccable: very working class but then decidedly pro-Trump and “Americanist.” How better to appeal to the normies?
From what I heard, Gavin—who was always the leader, *pace his absurd claims to the contrary—engaged in almost totalitarian thought control of the Proud Boys. Chat rooms had “minders” who suppressed Alt-Right thoughts and heretics were swiftly expelled.
It’s true that the Proud Boys did have many non-White members. To their credit, they attracted some Blacks and second-generation immigrants who identified with the traditional American nation.
But none of this mattered in the end. The Proud Boys were attacked by the System because they were a Männerbund. A group of White (or White-ish) men meeting together, forming bonds outside of consumerism and Christian churches, and behaving in bad-ass ways.
No flag waving, no pleas to Donald Trump, no Black girlfriends or Jewish allies could save the Proud Boys from their original sin of being a group that appealed to and represented the interests of White men.
Let’s be brutally honest.

If you’re involved in a public Alt-Right club, you should know three things:

1) You have *already* been infiltrated by antifa and/or feds.

2) If you are well known or effective, you will be declared a terrorist group.

3) Trump won’t save you.
You can do what you will this knowledge. But let’s not pretend that it isn’t true. I wouldn’t have concluded this a year ago—perhaps I should have?—but this is clearly the case now. Most won’t tell people in the Alt-Right the truth. I will.
I don’t know what will happen with the Proud Boys. They have been demoralized, but they might find the inner-strength to go on. They might become more radical ideologically, or adopt an even more annoying “Western chauvinism.”
What’s important is that the System’s opinion of public groups for White men has been made clear—they are strictly *verboten*.
I’m awfully tired of people merely blaming the media and their “amateurish” and “biased” reporting for the fate of the Proud Boys and similar gorups. The media are the junior partners of the System. They don’t control it. They articulate its opinions.
It’s thus depressing to see Gavin double down on the worst aspects of this career in “conservatism” in his recent video. He seems to think that putting on the “good boy” hat will make a bit of difference. It won’t. And it’s time to walk away from him.
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