Over the past few months, the Dominion Movement has been the focus of a lot of attention. We have had numerous media interview requests (denied), and have been mentioned in media pieces about nationalism in New Zealand more generally. Additionally, we’ve been busily networking with other nationalists and groups in NZ.
Over these months we have noted a common theme in some of the criticism we’ve received: the fact that we conceal our identities. We have faced accusations of cowardice, and of having an image of thuggery or criminality.
We present this article to clarify our position; why we conceal our identities through the use of masks, the blacking-out of faces in photos, and the adoption of pseudonyms (and yes, we're aware of the irony of being an anonymous identitarian organisation).
The first and most obvious reason is personal security. There are many people - both in New Zealand and overseas - who would see our individual members and our organisation as a whole crushed solely for dissenting from the current neo-liberal system. Our members have jobs, friends and families that could be put in major jeopardy by a variety of malicious parties.
A demonstration of this danger came in the wake of the alt-right Unite the Right rally in the United States last year. Dozens of attendees had their places of employment harassed until they were fired. They received death threats directed towards both themselves and their loved ones. One attendee was hounded until he felt forced to take his own life. Antifa gloated over his death, vandalising memorials dedicated to him.
We refuse to demand that members of our community make themselves subject to this kind of witch-hunt. We don’t believe that it's cowardly for them to want to keep their job and not have themselves and their family subjected to abuse simply because they are concerned about the direction of their country.
Many Identitarian movements around the world have public figureheads who draw an intense amount of such attention. Martin Sellner of Generation Identity, Patrick Casey of Identity Evropa, and so on. Such leaders face persistent threats, character assassination, and frivolous lawsuits. This is obviously not a situation we are inclined to replicate in the Dominion Movement.
Our organization is focused on community building first and foremost. As an organisation our immediate aims are to improve the lives of our current members, and attract new people with whom our message resonates.
The Dominion Movement does not exist because we want to be famous or because of a personal need for attention; indeed, we have shunned the media spotlight. Our purpose is to build a community of capable and like-minded men who have the interests of our country and our people at heart.