The Trouble With LARPing……..

Live action role playing, or LARPing, is a form of game play where participants act out the actions of characters in the game. “LARPing” has come to mean any use of archaic right-wing political symbols, specifically Nazi or NSDAP symbols.

Now, I’m the last person to tell you not to be a Nazi, or not carry a Nazi flag for reasons of “optics” or scaring normies or being a loser dork. However, that does not mean there is not a problem with using archaic symbols in current political activity.

The same problem applies to the left as well, to the use of revolutionary communist and anarchist symbols like red flags and the hammer and sickle. The problem is this- the conditions that created the organizations that created these symbols are not the same now as they were then.

The National Socialist German Workers’ Party came into existence in the collapse of German society after WWI. The German army and people thought they were participating in a negotiated truce, not an abject, unconditional surrender. The army, or at least its soldiers, did not lose credibility in the collapse. The veterans still trusted each other and when they decided to band together to put an end to communist, Jewish subversion and destruction of German society, the people trusted them and followed them.

The Communist Party in Russia was composed primarily of Jews. Jews trust each other and cooperate with each other against their host societies. It’s what they do, and the communist revolution was just one example of this. Many communists were not Jews; a critical majority were. Jews trust and cooperate with some non-Jews, as long as Jews are clearly in charge of the enterprise. This is also what they do.

The NSDAP was not, as the alt lite and associated nitwits will tell you, a left-wing organization. It did however use tactics that have historically worked only for left-wing organizations and that can now probably only work for left-wing organizations. They were a public, urban mass political movement with tacit governmental support. The dissident right does not have tacit government support and can’t operate in the same way.

The NSDAP- and the CPSU- formed under certain specific circumstances with certain specific leaders and members, and chose symbols to represent themselves. You can’t create a national socialist political movement with an NSDAP flag or other imagery, because that’s not how symbols work.

If you want a national socialist political program, you have to get like-minded people who trust each other to come together. Having done so, they will create symbols. I don’t think those symbols or aesthetics will resemble too much those of the NSDAP.

Aesthetics matter to the members of the organization and to outsiders. Any serious nationalist movement will probably be formed by Southern military veterans. American military veterans are much less likely to form an anti-system alliance than the German veterans of WWI. American veterans are very conformist and submissive to authority. Still these are the only people who will possibly take action. If they do band together, they will use symbols that they feel represent them. The League of the South uses a black St. Andrew’s cross on a white field. Other Southern nationalists use the Bonnie Blue flag.

Black is a traditional fascist color as a color of formal authority. In America dark blue is the color of formal authority and seriousness and a more likely color to be adopted.

Symbols and images are tools. Tools change over time and what people used generations ago probably isn’t appropriate today.

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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4 Responses to The Trouble With LARPing……..

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  3. Dave says:

    Leftism is universalist. It seeks to impose one system of thought and behavior upon the entire world. Rightism is particularist. It recognizes each nation as a unique organic being, consisting of people who live according to laws and traditions worked out by their common ancestors.

    Nazism was a particular mashup of traditional German values and 1920s socialism with the Jewish elements ripped out. The label “Nazi” in the sense of “anyone who opposes the Jew-led dissolution of the white race” is a useful Schelling point for organizing the resistance, but doesn’t tell us much about the sort of society we ought to create.

    Democratic states are fundamentally insolvent and survive only by printing money and lending it to themselves. What follows their demise will be extremely undemocratic, but what that world will look like and what role (if any) we will play in creating it is a mystery to me.

  4. J. Junger says:

    The problem with trying to establish causality is that symbols have an inherent, maybe even occult, power which can be unlocked by tampering with them. Whether this can scale upward toward a nationalist movement in 21st century America is up for debate, but Nazism was grounded as much in the occult and mythology as it was in the logical outcome of the Versailles humiliation. Your favorite writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has been talking about Trump unleashing the “eldritch” powers of whiteness. I wish that were true, but a small, beleaguered group of outnumbered white guys in prison did actually do this when they latched onto the symbols of the NSDAP and made themselves a formidable, fearsome group. Yes, I’m fully aware gangsters and bikers are not the backbone of a revolution (for which you need a lot of normies), but old and taboo symbols may yet have more life in them. Remember Jews don’t only have communism: they have kabbalah and numerology as well, although secular descendants of the “chosen” sublimated this into other impenetrable esoterica, like Critical Theory and stacking the supreme court with their Talmudic parsers.

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