Bringing Identitarianism to America: A Brief Interview with Nathan Damigo
Hello, Nathan! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Let's get the basic stuff out of the way first. Please briefly introduce yourself and your organization.
No problem, thanks for speaking with me. My name is Nathan Damigo; I am an Iraq war veteran and am currently working on an undergraduate degree in social science. I recently launched an Identitarian organization in the United States named Identity Evropa. We are looking to promote European identity among people of European heritage and educate the general public about a range of subjects currently held in contempt by modern academia.
That's certainly a noble aim. Can you provide us with a few examples of the subjects that you will be focusing on?
In my experience in the past with proselytization, I have found the most successful way to reach people is not always with hard facts about historical inaccuracies and statistical data, but by providing a vision of a world better than the one we are living in today and finding creative ways to subtly promote our worldview. Basically, it’s about being someone that others want to emulate – someone that people look at and think to themselves, "I wonder what he has in his life that I am missing." That is not to say that discussion of in depth facts is not helpful, which is why we have an education section on our website with links to videos, articles, and books; but rather that people are more willing to look at those things if you, as an individual, are viewed as desirable.
That being said, while we primarily focus on building a fraternity, we hope to educate the public about human biodiversity, Cultural Marxism, our history, immigration, and the false narrative regarding diversity. There is a lot that has been omitted from these subjects, and this exclusion is having very negative consequences for everyone involved. People cannot possibly plan for their future and make the correct decisions regarding social policy if they are not being provided with the facts. In the age of information, this really is a travesty. The future of not only ourselves, but that of humanity overall, will depend on breaking through the wall of misinformation.
Such topics are indeed quite controversial, but we clearly need the truth now more than ever. Your comments about the age of information remind me of Huxley's Brave New World, in which people suffered not from a deprivation of information (as in Orwell's 1984), but rather from too much of it. Being overwhelmed, most people resort to passivity and stay mired within the consensus trance. Moving on, through which mediums will Identity Evropa wage this information war?
Right now, sizable portions of the internet are being occupied by our voices, including chat boards, social media pages, comment sections, etc. This has helped us to gain momentum, and it is a front that we must continue to push forward on, expanding into areas we do not yet hold. We need to think about this information war in spatial terms: when we occupy space, we occupy minds. The more spaces we occupy, the more people will think about our ideas – whether they want to or not.
There are many other spaces outside the internet that we need to begin occupying. Television and radio are ones that take a bit more creativity to occupy, but as we can see, Andrew Auernheimer managed to do a pretty good job at getting national publicity for the Daily Stormer. By occupying fax machines, he ignited a chain reaction in which the story became too juicy for the media to ignore. While the benefits of the message he sent are an ongoing debate in many circles, he demonstrated how creative thinking and direct action penetrated new space and in turn occupied minds.
That being said, Identity Evropa will be using a hybrid method for our information campaign. We will be utilizing printed materials for members to place publicly in densely populated areas. While many people will likely ignore our propaganda initially, if we continue to saturate specific areas repeatedly, individuals will become more curious the more often they see the message or hear about it through the buzz created locally. By placing printed material in and around places of higher education where the upper half of the young bell curve bottleneck, we can captivate the audience most capable of taking our message and doing something with it. Occupying these places of higher learning will also create a chain reaction as the students respond in the way their decades of enculturation have conditioned them to, creating news stories too juicy to let pass by and again providing us with an even greater platform to occupy space. Eventually these printed materials will no longer have the effect that they initially had as people become desensitized to them at which point we will know we have gained a foothold into the public sphere and can begin pushing further into public spaces.
We also intend to further utilize the internet to document and share our direct action, motivating those who already share our views or are sympathetic to them to join with us in occupying public space and thereby creating a positive feedback loop until we reach a level of unstoppable synergy. This is essentially the core of our hybrid strategy.
That sounds like an excellent plan. Let's talk about the actual organization itself. What can you tell us about Identity Evropa in terms of structure, membership, and so forth?
We are looking to build a nationwide network of individuals who are passionate about our future and want to take part in something larger than themselves. However, Identity Evropa is more than just an activist organization. It is a fraternity that seeks to bring together the best and brightest of our people; those who seek perfection in everything they do.
Being part of a fraternity has benefits. If a member moves from one part of the country to another, they are introduced to members before they move. This provides them with a community of likeminded people who hold their same high standards, value, and aesthetic to heart wherever they are. Being a member is also a privilege and comes with status, as we hold high standards and do not let just anyone who applies join. We expect our members to be examples to the rest of our community. There is a rigorous screening process followed by a term of prospecting prior to being granted full membership status. There are also two tiers of membership: auxiliary and guardian. However, only members are privy to the inner structures within those tiers.
We are an American organization and do not at this time plan to extend our franchise outside the country. We will be starting primarily here in Northern California where the model can be put into place, and any necessary adjustments made. After that we will be leasing the franchise to other members across the country once they have enough locals to make a franchise viable. If the franchise model is changed or altered, thereby damaging our brand, we will revoke the license and censure the license holder.
We do not accept those under 18, or individuals with tattoos on their hands, face, neck or head. Other visible tattoos will be discussed during interviews.
It sounds like you have Identity Evropa very well-planned. Tell me, what characteristics and personality traits are you looking for in potential candidates?
We are looking for high trust, low time preference individuals who are not so ideologically inflexible that they become graceful losers like cuckservatives, i.e. people who would rather lose and stand by their principles than win. This is not a group for socially awkward people – autists can stay home. At the same time, we are not looking for overly eccentric people either. No special snowflakes. We want individuals who have a healthy understanding for social perception and act accordingly.
Youth is good, though not imperative. Eighteen is the cutoff. (Sorry, too many issues otherwise). Self-expression through body art is looked at on an individual basis as long as the work is tasteful. Nothing on the face, neck or hands will be accepted. So far the majority of individuals applying fit these desired characteristics, and I am booked with interviews for the next week. This means that we are seeing some very positive responses from the demographic we are aiming for. There has definitely been a hunger for what we are doing.
With regard to our movement – the alt-right, Identitarianism, or whatever else one might call it, what is something that you think we've done well? Conversely, what is an area that needs improvement?
As a movement, the alt-right has been making the right moves. Our battle is metapolitical; we have managed to develop our own culture that includes language, satire, and art. I had been thinking for months that we need someone to begin producing music, and then, just in the last several weeks, I stumbled across Xurious and Cybernazi on Soundcloud. More of this, please!
While we have done well with covering current events on blogs, websites, podcasts, and vlogs, I would also love to see an internet based, nightly news program. I believe that with the right person, it could be extremely well done and reach tens of millions of people within years. Technology has made this type of alternative news broadcast possible, and it is the direction news consumption is heading in anyways. It would be fairly simple and cheap to start. Lighting is inexpensive, and a news desk could be built with a little creativity. The camera(s) would perhaps be the largest investment, along with a few other costs here and there. Being that coming out of the pro-white closet is devastating economically, it would obviously have to be funded in part by donors. Though I would recommend initially starting with a more civic nationalist perspective like Breitbart. This would grant the individual much more leeway in the job market until the project became self-supporting. After that the broadcaster could go full fash. The slow transition would also bring many new people into the fold.
Basically, we need to continue to be creative. Find ways to subtly inject our message into the public sphere. Get a job with your local library so you can stack the shelves with our literature, get a sticker maker, and print shitlord memes that you can sell so we can take meme warfare to the streets. As long as we keep finding ways to open up new spaces to our ideas, the future is ours.
I find the nightly news idea very intriguing, and I'm sure that we'll be seeing our narrative spread across new mediums as our size and influence continue to grow. Anyways, this has been a very informative interview, Nathan. Do you have any final comments you would like to make? Is there anything else you want to mention?
Now is the time for action – there has never been a greater need, nor a more sympathetic audience; in short, the tides are turning. Let’s create a world that is an expression of ourselves.