So, McNallen has said some stuff again that people have taken issue with.
Initially, I debated saying anything about it because talking about McNallen’s verbal maelstroms is like talking about how wet the ocean is. I know my opinions on the man, I know what his track record says about him, and I’ve put my thoughts up here on more than one occasion. Bashing my head against their wall that is his fan base is just a waste of my time, the material that I and others have written about him hasn’t gone anywhere, and I just see address his actions as a waste of time more often than not.
He’s not really going anywhere new, and he’s not doing anything worth talking about either. He exists, occasionally saying something ridiculous that only people with bigoted baggage seem to buy or defend. As such, I typically tune him in the same manner that I ignore “Diet Racist” family members at Thanksgiving dinner.
The situation at hand, however, is different.
I actually didn’t even hear anything about McNallen’s Freikorp nostalgia until after the he already made a stance about how he wouldn’t apologize for it. Strange as this may sound, I don’t find the Freikorp statement all that shocking. Considering the source, at least. While history’s last record of the Freikorps is their connections with the Nazi party of World War II, their unabridged history is much more varied and complicated*. So while no one could be blamed for thinking that “Freikorp” means “Nazis Who Were Worse Than Whatever The Average for Nazis Is”, invoking them doesn’t necessarily mean one is talking about the ones that willingly joined up with Adolf Hitler during the days before the Night of Long Knives. It just usually does.
Which is exactly why I wasn’t surprised; one of McNallen’s most common rhetorical techniques is to say something controversial that directly connects to a racist ideology, a pro-bigotry organization, and/or general Nazi sympathizing…but do it via terms and ideas that have scholastic back doors from which to make an exit when things get dicey. All of the racist street credit, without any of the main-steam accountability.
So yeah, this is all par for the course. At this point, the formula is so predictable that one can track things with a checklist. A link to an article that sensationalizes a very legitimate issue in such a way that it blames everything on the minority du jour? Check. Some reference to this military group or that philosophy which will almost immediately be associated with a racist opinion but has a way to make a superficial argument about how it actually isn’t a racist statement? Check. Condensing attitudes in the response to anyone who disagrees? Accusations of straw-men made with indignant outrage, all while using plenty on his opponents and labeling any criticism as people obsessed with being politically correct? Presenting his stance as one that couldn’t possibly be racist because of some time where he apparently supported some other group in a situation that doesn’t quite have a direct parallel to the situation he is talking about? Check, check, and check. It’s a linear process that I don’t even comment on anymore because I know that contrary statements are exactly what he is looking for…but that’s another story.
More on topic, everything was par for the course. It wasn’t until we got to he reason for refusing to apologize that I needed to call foul. The faux-outrage was what I came across first actually, and the problems within that handful of paragraphs pale in comparison to a faux-reference to the “I Can’t Believe They’re Not Stormtroopers”. How he managed to write something MORE problematic than an endorsement for freelance Nazi militias, I can’t begin to comprehend. I’d be impressed if I wasn’t so disgusted.
Let me make something clear; anyone who knows McNallen’s track record, behavior, and professed philosophies isn’t going to be expecting an apology unless they’re stupidly optimistic, optimistically stubborn, or stubbornly stupid. Anyone who does fall into one of those categories, however, would be demanding that apology because Stephen McNallen said something horrifyingly in favor of a famously pro-Nazi military organization. It’s not because he said people in Germany should be able to defend themselves. It’s not because he offended someone’s political sensibilities; it’s because he just romanticized a military organization whose last known incarnation signed up to work with the Nazi.
Seriously, let me spell this out plainly: suggesting that people taking issue with bringing up Nazi military groups must just hate people who are “too white” is a childish, pathetic, and cowardly attempt to shift blame. It’s a straw-man, and nothing more. No one currently taking umbrage with McNallen is seriously, genuinely suggesting that the sexual assault is something that can be circumstantially allowed because the victims were “too white” to be concerned about.
That’s before we come back around to ask what he even wanted the Freikorps to do, which is left disturbingly vague even after he defended his wistful desire to have them at hand. Considering that, within the same breath, he labeled the Prime Minister of Germany a “traitor”, one could raise some very troubling and poignant questions.
Another troubling question I have is about why bring things up in this very problematic way. If McNallen had stepped forward and made a statement how the German people’s agency and safety shouldn’t be comprised by giving others political asylum? I would have had no problem with that statement. Hell, he could have even evoked expectation of hospitality and made it a perfectly Heathen-centric perspective. Even if one disagreed with his conclusions, the statement would have been a far cry from provocative or problematic. Demanding that police properly police a city where proper policing didn’t happen isn’t a controversial statement. While I doubt the Daily Mail’s version of the story (because the Daily Mail has been caught exaggerating more than once), I think it’s obvious that something did happen and that the something was bad and that something should be done that prevents similar things from happening in the future.
The people who did the bad thing should be held accountable. None of that is even slightly controversial. He could have made an effort to unify people to address an issue that he saw. The sort of thing that leaders are supposed to do. No one seems to be questioning that. People could get behind statements like that.If anyone actually, unironically is saying that the people in question are too white to worry about?
But uncontroversial, unifying statements don’t get you attention. At least, not the attention McNallen seemed to want. That would be why he went for a dividing, Nazi-sympathizing, click-bait riddled, pocket-endorsement for street violence.
As I implied earlier, this isn’t about taking a stand against anything or anyone; it’s about making a reputation and getting attention. This controversy, in my opinion, was cultivated specifically so McNallen could make some sort of statement for white people. He is castigating people for an argument that no one is making in order to dodge accountability for something horrible that he said; it’s about solidarity for White people.
Just please pay no attention to the romanticizing of Nazi militias that’s behind that curtain over there. Only people who hate white people are going to look over there.
I guess what really blows my mind here is how stupid his statement is when you really think about it. You see, I hang out with lots of the teaming masses that live within the horrifying depths of the social justice barracks. Among these peers of mine I hear, on a consistent and unwavering basis, that sexual harassment is bad. All of it. In all cultures, in all circumstances, for all reasons, without exception. It’s bad. Done. Print. We’re finished here. No rhetorical back doors. No situational excuses. It’s unacceptable for any reason. No matter to whom, or whom they may be, or what the reasons are. It’s bad.
McNallen asks for the return of “Stormtroopers Lite”…and then wants to have a fit when people call him out on that. His comeback is to say that all these liberal people came out of the wood work to criticize him for…standing up for white people who don’t want to be raped?! To quote one Benjamin “Yhatzee” Croshaw: “There is no middle finger big enough!”
Let’s be uncomplicated and clear: Taharrush gamea is a bad thing. I think using a big, scary sounding, foreign word to describe behavior that a lot of Americans call “Spring Break”*** is a bit dishonest mind you, but I’m certainly not going to quibble and suggest that playing rhetoric games makes it more acceptable somehow. It’s wrong. It’s bad. Period. Anyone suggesting otherwise is a fucking idiot.
On that note, anyone suggesting that McNallen taking the stance of “German people should be defended and able to defend themselves from danger” was the problem is also a fucking idiot. The actual problem people just might have been that part where he could have easily said “Where are some militant Nazis when you need them?” and it wouldn’t have changed his sentence in the slightest.
*Short version is that they (the Freikorp) were a cross between a mercenary company and a national guard. That’s a pretty slap dash description of a collection of groups that have over 200 years of history in Europe, but it’ll suffice for our purposes.
**Yeah, I know; some of the Freikorps got targeted on the Night of Long Knives, and quite successfully at that (i.e. they were killed). I don’t think those are the Freikorps he was talking about, however, and I have no reason to suspect so. People who hang with the Odinic Rite and the Irminfolk and complain that people don’t care about white people have lost any benefit of even the most generous doubt when it comes to Nazi sympathizing.
***Just to be clear, that’s not me being permissive of sexually predatory behavior that has an anchor in a foreign culture, because that’s shit unacceptable on every parallel no matter where one happens to be. What it actually is, however, is me me calling out my own culture for pretending that we’re somehow above that same shit when it happens on an annual basis and we collectively turn a blind eye.