The brief description of white nationalist ideology sketched here is primarily derived from white nationalist websites, such as American Renaissance, Counter-Currents, and Stormfront. There is no single authority for a definition of white nationalism, and there are points upon which white nationalists may disagree. A useful summary guide, intended for teachers, is Explainer: White Nationalism, developed by the non-profit group Facing History and Ourselves.
The fact that specific points of ideology play a secondary role in recruitment is widely noted. The characterization of beliefs as a “ticket” recruits punch to gain admission to rewarding group membership is an observation made by Ian Danskin, whose video analyses of the process of white nationalist recruitment are described in Christy Somos, Dismantling the ‘Alt-Right Playbook’: YouTuber Explains How Online Radicalization Works. However, despite the fact that particular points of ideology are generally not central to recruitment, awareness of the general outlines of white nationalist beliefs plays an important role. Assuring recruits that there is a crisis narrative and an action path forward instills confidence in group leadership and provides a sense of meaning that bonds new members.