Friday, August 2, 2019

Interview: Paul 'RamZPaul' Ramsey says Trump's election will finally end 'National Review' conservatism

Editor's note: This story was originally published on January 24, 2017.

This is the final part of a three-article series on the views of Paul Ramsey; better known as RamZPaul. If you did not read them, check out the first and second entries. The block-quoted material below appeared in previous articles, offering background on the subject matter.
Story by Joseph Ford Cotto

Nowadays, a video camera and Web streaming can get you farther than most once thought possible. Paul Ramsey, though, has taken the basics to a new level. The nationalistic humorist does not have graphics, soundtracks, or split-screens, but only himself, his stream-of-consciousness style, and no small amount to say about the political and cultural happenings of our time. 

To say that he marches to the beat of his own drum is an understatement.

Reviled by neo-Nazis – none of whom will get even passing mention here – as a race traitor par excellence and castigated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “[a] scathing critic of ‘cultural Marxism’ …. who posts Internet videos of himself talking to the camera …. he has uploaded hundreds of liberal-loathing, feminist-bashing, and racial separatist-supporting videos”, Ramsey can hardly catch a break.

Already well known to millions through his RamZPaul account on YouTube, he attained Internet infamy after parting ways with anything and everything Alt-Right – which followed Richard Spencer hailing Trump and receiving an enthusiastic not-at-all-Roman salute.

“Most normal people can support the Alt Right ideas of self-determination, protection of borders, good trade deals, America First, etc,” Ramsey wrote on his website late last month. “But normal people can't support anything that is associated with Nazism …. The Alt Right was a phenomenon that helped launch Trump into the White House. Now that he has been elected, there is no need for the ‘alternative’ label. We are now the Trump Right.”

At the dawn of the Donald’s presidential administration, Ramsey shares his views on some timely topics. 

Joseph Ford Cotto: More than anything else, why have principles such as immigration restriction and cultural cohesion managed to evade scrutiny from 'respectable' politicos on both sides and secure starring roles in the future of American conservatism?

Paul Ramsey: The Democratic Party likes Third Word immigration as non-Whites reliably vote Democrat. You can look at California as a recent example. The state that provided us Ronald Regan is now effectively a one-party state due to immigration.

The Republican Party supports mass immigration because they fear being called “racist.” Trump was the only candidate who had the courage to tackle this issue. And he was called “racist”, “Nazi” and “literally Hitler.”

Cotto: Insofar as the foreseeable future of American conservatism is concerned, do you believe that the 'alt-right' brand is damaged beyond the level of repair necessary for serious influence over public policy?

Ramsey: Yes. A movement can't recover from a Nazi association. If nothing else, it makes such a movement illegal in much of Europe.

Cotto: The social justice warrior left and the alt-right have found success in spreading their ideas via Internet memes. Why has this method of politicking proven so effective?

Ramsey: The same reason left wing sitcoms were more effective in spreading liberal ideas in the 1970s than serious dissertations.

Cotto: Memes, by their very definition, are simplistic and emotional in nature. Untold millions of Americans, presumably Millennials in large part, appear more influenced by memes rather than longer, more reasonable arguments. Has the Internet dumbed down the political acumen of our country's young adults?

Ramsey: Young people are always called dumb. I know my generation was.

Mass propaganda has always used simple memes. Before the Internet it was done via television and radio. The difference is that the Internet allows kids to publish their own content. That is powerful.

Cotto: What do you anticipate the primary legacy of Trump's election will be; specifically as far as American conservatism is concerned?

Ramsey: He will kill the National Review type of conservatism. In the future, conservatism will be associated with nationalism.