With New Resistance recently having turned eight this Halloween, it’s with great pride and militant joy that we have gone from being a United States and Canada, North American, based movement, to one with brilliant and tough active militants across the world – in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the place where we have seen our best results in the number of serious Cadres and supporters, South America’s Brazil.
It’s something of a strange prophecy being fulfilled that when New Resistance was founded a comrade present asked where I would like to see us spread internationally and my response was Serbia, and I am writing now from Belgrade, and Brazil, a place and people who have won my love because of my affection for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which if I have never trained with good Brazilians in, in America, I’d not be writing now, most likely.
Don’t mistake me, however. All credit in this area goes to the Brazilian comrades themselves who work long and hard every day, especially their leader and my brother, Raphael Machado, the first person to embrace the Green Star in his proud country. And the unseen forces fighting by our side who bring such quality people to our cause.
What follows is a conversation between Nova Resistência – Brasil (New Resistance – Brazil) founder and leader Raphael Machado, a truly well-rounded Revolutionary if there ever was one, and myself, James Porrazzo.
I’ve waited a long time to get to really talk to Raphael about NR-Brazil’s activities on a public forum and now with the rebirth of Open Revolt, there’s no time like the present to accomplish this goal. Listen and learn.
J.P.: Raphael, why don’t we start about your formative years? What was life likebefore New Resistance, how did your ideas develop early-on and what do you think attracted you to dissident political work?
R.M.: It was mostly an evolution from extreme-right to the ideologies of the Third Political Theory, then I began studying Evola and the Perennialist authors, which gave me an improved understanding of the so-called fascist ideologies, and then I got to the Fourth Political Theory, which I still study and help develop in Brazil, which I consider to be the most interesting and closest political theory to the essence of Tradition. Before New Resistance, I was part of a group which was responsible for publishing Dugin’s books in Brazil, and before that, we worked with a project that helped push self-identified “fascists” away from the right-wing, through a correct indoctrination. What attracted me to all of this was a profound disgust for the way things are in the world and the perception everything was turning to shit. And if we wanted things to be at least a bit different, we’d have to act.
J.P.: Now let’s move on to your founding New Resistance Brazil. Please share with us the history of how this happened and what the very early days were like. Why New Resistance and not use your obvious organizational skills with another movement, what was behind this decision?
R.M.: In the beginning, I was invited to be part of NR’s international network of contacts and activists. Soon after I began recruiting from people of a similar worldview that lived relatively close, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Little by little, we began expanding to the other states, mostly from people we already knew and trusted from other past projects and connections. The thing about New Resistance that attracted all of us the most was that it was truly forward-thinking. No useless emotional attachments to past political projects.
J.P.: The New Resistance Brazil Anniversary fliers, like all of your outreach material, is first-class. How old is the movement in Brazil now? And what do you think went into the quick spread of NR, when it seems other Brazilian “startup” revolutionary groups before and after haven’t gained such traction?
R.M.: It’s been almost 4 years since our foundation. Most political groups, especially of the dissident vibe end up dissolving early, they don’t really survive for as long as we have. I’d say we have two advantages. The first is that we work as an order, an order of political soldiers, there’s zero egos involved in everything that we do. The Organization comes first, our ideals come before anything else, we’d do everything for our objectives. The second advantage is that our message is precisely what our country needs. Brazil still isn’t as modernized as First World countries and we use it to our advantage. Most people here still don’t support postmodern left-liberal projects, they’re conservative, and at the same time, most people support strong State intervention on economic and social matters. But our parties are divided along stupid lines, they’re all either neocon/libcon or soc-dem/leftlib parties. New Resistance is the only Conservative Revolutionary, Conservative Socialist, Revolutionary Nationalist (whatever you want to call it) here.
JP: What would you consider the ideological foundation of NR-Brazil? While all of New Resistance across the globe are a united front, our program is adjusted to fit our different countries, histories and experiences. How has this manifested in the NR-Brazil Program?
R.M.: Our major theoretical foundation is Dugin’s Fourth Political Theory. But in the spirit of this theory, we’re absolutely dedicated to following our own path in adapting the 4PT to our own objective conditions, so we can build an original Brazilian Fourth Way. This is something that can and should be done by all peoples and in all countries, depending on their objective conditions and their own shared heritage.
Obviously, the end result will be reasonably unique expressions of the Fourth Political Theory depending on where it is developed. In the Brazilian case, which’s our field of action, we work with the merging of dissident thought from our “classic” thinkers (Dugin, Evola, De Benoist, etc.) with influences coming from our own regional and ethnic cultures, the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, Getulio Vargas’ labourism, Leonel Brizola’s left-nationalism, Eneas Carneiro’s conservative nationalism, and many other influences.
JP: Thoughts on the mainstream Brazilian Right and Left? Are the mass parties offering anything of value? You were quite vocal about revolutionary or so-called revolutionary groups outside of Brazil misunderstanding the recent Presidential election as a victory for the country. Can you break that down for readers who may not be so familiar with Brazilian electoral politics?
R.M.: Brazilian mass parties are as detached from real people as most First World mass parties. Globalization, through easy internet access, hit Brazil hard, and now almost all parties are either ugly copies of the North American parties (neoconservatives, libertarians and liberal-conservatives vs. left-liberals, post-modern social-democrats and new left post-communists), or oligarchic opportunist parties.
The positive aspect of Bolsonaro’s victory was that it began a “new age”, rewriting the rules of the game. Some people from leftist organizations are realizing the mistake of abandoning the working classes, and since it’s inevitable that Bolsonaro’s government will be a disaster, this may wake some conservatives too. But from a non-accelerationist POV, almost everything about Bolsonaro’s victory is bad.
His major economic adviser, who’s set to be Minister, is a Soros’ banker. His VP is an anti-Brazil (literally, since he berates and belittles the three major ethnic contributions to our history, Portuguese, Native and African) neocon who promised a military intervention against Venezuela. The government team he’s building is already full of corrupt politicians and profiteering businessmen. The comparisons with Trump are unwarranted. He’s simply a Brazilian John McCain, and nothing more.
JP: Following the occupied news stations outside of Brazil, are things like the narco-gangs, rampant sexual promiscuity, and people living extreme “alternative lifestyles” real concerns or just things exaggerated for ratings?
R.M.: Well, I’m not sure precisely what they say about Brazil in foreign media, but Brazil is close to becoming a Narco-State, just like Colombia or Mexico. And since behind narco organizations are some big politicians and big businessmen, there’s nothing Bolsonaro can do to stop this. The other problems are also real. Brazil’s a decadent place.
JP: Where does NR-Brazil stand on the Zionist issue? Both externally in the existence and continued expansion of Israel, and within Brazil itself? The President-Elect seems quite infatuated with the Zionist state, near to the point of it seeming like theater. Does Brazil face an internal Zionist over-influence, like America or Canada, suffer from?
R.M.: The Brazilian New Resistance is, has always been and will always be anti-Zionist. We’re not fools that believe that Israel should end and that Israeli Jews should be sent back to the countries they came from, obviously. But if by Zionism nowadays we’re talking about the expansionist imperialist project of a Big Israel, we’re completely against it and in full support of the Palestine Resistance, Iran and other anti-Zionist governments in the Middle East. Brazil also suffers from a “Zionist” problem. Either directly or through their Evangelical proxies. The cultural world is controlled by leftist-liberal Jews and the neocon Zionists use their Evangelical lackeys to influence Brazil in the same ways they do in America.
JP: It’s quite clear and inspiring to see the large number of women and comrades of different religious viewpoints working together within NR-Brazil, something that is often missing from radical groups of all stripes. Was this something done purposely, or did it occur organically, or was it a combination of the two?
R.M.: It’s mostly organic. But it’s probably a consequence of the way we tailor our message. Our propaganda material isn’t based just on what we personally believe in, but on what we feel it’s necessary to build a bridge to as many people as possible. Our message is something that can be understood by Brazilians from all traditional religions, by men and women, by people from all professional backgrounds, etc.
J.P.: What is your relationship like with non-NR groups outside of Brazil? Are any close to NR-Brazil’s work, more than others?
R.M.: We mostly have personal contacts, through the internet, with individuals belonging to many Organizations. There are some new movements emerging in South America. And in Europe, the Brazilian New Resistance has established personal contact with the Polish Falanga and the Eurasian Movement, when we sent a delegation to the World Youth Festival in Russia. Besides these, we admire, pay attention to and keep in touch with as many other Identitarian or nationalist organizations as we can.
J.P.: Brazil is a huge country. Is NR represented across the nation, or are our comrades located in only certain parts of the country? Are there both urban and rural revolutionaries active?
R.M.: Brazil’s size is a big challenge, one of the biggest for us. Our country has 26 states and a federal district. As of now, we’re represented in 19 of these places. Where we lack representation is in the northern region, the states of the Amazonian Forest (it’s also the least populous region anyway). Our biggest numbers are in Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo, which are also the most important states in the country.
J.P.: What relationship do you see between Brazil and Europe or Euro-North America? In a country that is so multi-cultural, is multiculturalism a problem to be solved in Brazil or part of what makes Brazil, Brazil in a positive way?
R.M.: This is a complex situation. Though Brazil is an ethnically diverse country what we understand as “multiculturalism” is more or less recent. In many places, past admixtures have coalesced in new stable regional ethnicities. In recent decades, mass forced industrialization made millions of Brazilians migrate from their home states to others to serve as cheap labor, and together with a cultural Americanization and the influence of globalist media, made dozens of millions of Brazilians become rootless. The European heritage is an important part of what makes our country, but it’s not the only one. We believe the best way to deal with these problems and complications is through a kind of “ethnodifferentialism”, a kind of inner multipolarity, where the different races and ethnicities can cultivate their own roots and heritage without being or becoming less Brazilian because of that.
J.P.: Being such a skilled organizer, now with hundreds of members, what basic advice would you give to a young man or woman who wanted to join the movement? What should they bring to the table when first getting involved and work on in their early days of activism?
R.M.: The best advice would be not to stand by waiting for orders or someone tell you what to do. But having understood our principles and what we believe in, to act as best as you can to spread our word to as many people as possible and as far as possible, and to organize common people on the basis of the principles we follow.
J.P.: Where do you see NR-Brazil in 1 year, in 5 years, and in 10 years from now?
R.M.: In one year with a fully organized and disciplined group of political soldiers. In five years with our ideas circulating with some reasonable degree of popularity and with some measure of penetration in civil society institutions like unions, colleges and political parties. And in 10 years, who knows? Everything is possible.
J.P.: Is there anything you’d like to close with? And please tell our readers how they can best get in touch with NR Brazil if they’d like to join, exchange ideas, or send material support?
R.M.: I’d just like to say that History is on our side, we are already living in a new age where so-called “populists” are being able to overturn the globalist onslaught to begin the path to an international Identitarian liberation. We in Brazil have still much to do to join the ranks of truly free countries. If you’re reading this and would like to give us some help, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with us through our Facebook page.
Finally, I’d just like to add as the Founder of NR, the success of NR-Brazil, and Raphael Machado’s personal development as a leader are some of the things that I am most proud of in the history of our movement.
It has exceeded my own highest expectations and NR from North America and Europe send our comradely love and respect to all of our Brazilian brother and sister cadres and supporters, a vital and vibrant part of our international family.
Freedom! Justice! Revolution!
James Porrazzo, Founder, New Resistance
Visit Nova Resistência – Brasil’s very active website at http://novaresistencia.org.