Originally posted at WND by Art Moore.
In his movie and companion book Death of a Nation, filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza presents an interview he conducted with Richard Spencer, who has become a symbol of white nationalism.
D’Souza told WND the Spencer interview helps dispel “the media-left narrative” that “basically says that however bigoted the Democratic Party might have been in the past, nevertheless, white supremacy is clearly on the right.”
The movie opens Friday in theaters nationwide.
D’Souza asked Spencer about his beliefs and their philosophical underpinnings, including whether or not he sought to conserve the principles of America’s founding.
“I’ve been critical of the American founding throughout my career,” Spencer replied.
The whole concept of individual rights, he said, was “problematic.”
Later in the interview, D’Souza asked Spencer about the fundamental conservative principle of limited government.
“No individual has a right outside of a collective community. You have rights, not eternally or given by God or by nature,” Spencer said.
D’Souza then asked: “Who gives them to us?”
Spencer replied: “Ultimately the state gives those rights to you. The state is the source of rights. Not the individual.”
D’Souza told WND that on “all these all these key issues, Spencer and Trump are coming from a very different place, and the effort to equate them and pretend like they are ideologically on the same page – this is the media’s big lie.”
D’Souza said that as he interviewed Spencer, he found himself trying to place him ideologically and concluded Spencer’s views are virtually identical to the beliefs of the racist progressives of the Woodrow Wilson era.
“I think Spencer would have served excellently in the Wilson administration,” D’Souza said. “He echoes the rhetoric. He is a statist, which is to say he wants a powerful centralized state in the mode of the early 20th century progressives. He also advocates white identity and white supremacy. And he loves the movie Birth of a Nation that Woodrow Wilson screened in the White House, leading to a national revival of the KKK.”
D’Souza noted that the early 20th century progressives were conscious of the fact that they were breaking with America’s founding. Wilson, he said, was the first American president to openly attack the founding.
An immigrant from India, D’Souza says the film shows how the left has used “the incendiary cards” of racism and fascism against President Trump and other Republicans. In a previous interview with WND, D’Souza explained why he likens Trump to Lincoln. The startling proposition illustrated in promotional posters for the movie underscores his contention that America is faced with an existential crisis as it was in 1860.
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