Tanstawful opts out, or is it cops out? Says tweets are enough.
After doing very little on his Age-of-Treason website during July and August, Tanstawful has produced a podcast telling his listeners that he is basically retiring from the White Nationalist struggle. The reason given is that his life and attitude have changed. He doesn't give any clues as to what that “change” is but does mention his job. Since he told me in late 2013 or early 2014 that his job was part-time, either he has changed that status, taken a second job, or this is simply a handy and impossible-to-refute excuse that anyone can give to “beg off” from things they don't want to do. I suspect he just doesn't feel he's getting enough psychological reward from it. Here is what he said [You can also listen to it on the player above]:
It's been awhile since I've podcasted or written anything of any substance and I think I should probably explain why. In a nutshell, my life has changed and my attitude has changed. I've done enough thinking and speaking and writing to understand, I think, all of the basics, all of the things that I used to wonder why these things are the way they are. I've pretty much figured it out. And I'm not all that interested in just repeating myself, heh, speaking for the sake of speaking, so I don't.
I've remained active on Twitter where basically the process is reviewing the news that is highlighted by other people – the trends in current events - and I make brief comments on those things and tying it usually into some of the insights that I've talked about many times in longer form over the past several years. So there's really … I feel very little need to write long essays or do podcasts … research, detailed research on things.
There's plenty more subjects that I'm interested in delving into, but I don't expect that I'll be all that more educated by that work and I don't think I'd be convincing very many more people if they're not already convinced by the kinds of arguments and analysis that I've already provided. So, I don't. And I've also got other things going on in my life that … my job that, uh, what I actually do for a living to pay my bills. I've, uhm, poured more of myself into that.
But there are a few things I wanted to talk about. Two Trends: The invasion of Europe. And that it is treason … with Jews behind it. [...] And Trump.
And he goes on for an hour in a rambling monologue proving what he said - that he has nothing new to say, or nothing that so many other have not already been saying, so why be repetitious? He wants folks to listen to his archive, like they do with William Pierce. But "Tan", Wm. Pierce was a real and very active person who died, that's why he didn't do any more. You're not dead, are you? Nor are you very real. Talk/words is all that Tanstawful has ever been about; he's never been interested, or willing, to engage in any physical activism. He finishes this way:
So that's it. Talk again the next time … I don't know when that'll be, I'm not really on track to do regular podcasts anymore, or even regular posts, as I discussed at the beginning, but I'll see you when I see you.
Not much of an explanation, is it? I'd say it's because there is none, except that he's gotten bored with it now and would rather do other things. Just like he got tired of The White Network but wanted to keep it as a tribute to himself. As he said, it was all about his own learning curve, not really about anyone else. So long “Tan,” not sorry to see you go.
Image: This image is titled "Citizen's hands" on Yahoo Images. Up close, the hands look too rough and unkempt for a computer science graduate who makes his living as a computer programer. I always thought that Tanstawful actually took this photo of himself, but I guess I was fooled in that too. When I told him how clever I thought it was, he accepted my compliment. Enlarge